Joh4n wrote in post #16260705
I expected these questions. The flash is because I am afraid of getting weird images, because the products I want to photograph have mostly shiny labels. Won't the flash cause a reflection then?
Yes/no/maybe. It depends on where the flash is, & where the camera is, & your best bet would be to hold them (flash & camera) off to the side a little.
And no, I don't need to hear that you only have the one on the camera. When you run into a situation like this & see that what you tried didn't work, you need to go into problem solving mode & try something else.
Did you try a shot with the flash? If the label had a bad reflection, did you try a different angle to see how that would work? If the label still had a bad reflection, did you try a third angle? Did you try a fourth angle from a closer/farther distance?
And again, let's say that you only have the one on the camera. You don't have to use it as a direct flash all the time. If you were in a tent, you could try to direct the flash up with your hand, or better yet with a bit of tinfoil & bounced the flash off the walls of the tent. Maybe it would help enough to get the shot, Maybe not, but at least you would have tried everything that you could?
Sorry about the <rant>, but do you see where I'm going with this?
Afterwards I tried shooting at my home, inside, with higer ISO's and slower shutterspeeds, but the shutterspeeds will be so low that shooting without a tripod isn't going to work.
It's good that you did that, but if "My main subject is firework photography,...", are you saying that you've never run into this problem before this? If you have, wouldn't it have been a good idea to run this test before you were at another disappointing location?
Not using a tripod is mainly because there is no space for a tripod. It's too crowdy.
If there's room to stand there, then there's room for a tripod. Not that I think that it would help very much in that situation, as it looks like almost total darkness there & you didn't seem to try to adjust your settings to get a better exposure. What were your settings & what mode did you use? Did you shoot RAW?
And just for the sake of argument, let's say that you really couldn't have used the tripod in the usual way. You could have tried it as a monopod with the legs collapsed to be able to hold steadier & use a slower shutter speed.
And shot a burst in the hope that one of the exposures would be steadier than the others.
Joh4n wrote in post #16260788
Guess I'll have to use the flash then.
What about the exposure? Is that something I should look at too, or doesn't add that something that can't be reached with programs like Lightroom?
LR would help & I've seen some miraculous saves using it, but as Kirk said, you really need to spend some time learning about the elements that go into getting a decent exposure to start with. In this case it shouldn't be all that hard because the subject is just sitting there.
So for now, answer the questions & take a look at Wilt's thread: Fundamentals of Exposure