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fireworks - first time capturing on camera

 
al ­ heeley
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Nov 04, 2011 17:28 |  #1

Local fireworks show this evening, not tried this before, constructive criticism most welcome!

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f/9.1, 2 sec exposure on bulb, iso200, 22mm focal length
18-55 kit lens on Canon EOS1000D body

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f/9.1, 5 sec exposure on bulb, iso200, 18mm focal length
18-55 kit lens on Canon EOS1000D body


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f/9.1, 3 sec exposure on bulb, iso200, 18mm focal length
18-55 kit lens on Canon EOS1000D body



  
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Nov 05, 2011 00:54 |  #2

Not much to say, the came out very good. I like that you caught some foreground and not just the fireworks.


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Nov 06, 2011 00:58 |  #3

Looks like your cropping is fine, which works well with fireworks......but for some reason they look noisey. Did you have to crop the pictures down alot? I know the kit lens isn't the sharpest out there, but I can testify by my own username that it can be mastered and used effectively. :)

I didn't see you mention, but I assume you have a tripod? With a 3 second exposure, you certainly did to get these to come out at all. I just am curious as to the cause of the noise, so we can help you get even better fireworks shots next time. For the record, you do not need a $200 tripod......especially if you are just starting the hobby. I've had the same Walmart tripod for 8 years now, and haven't need the greater capability of a high dollar tripod to justify buying one yet. I'll make a checklist below, tell me what you had/didn't have:

1. tripod (not just using one, but using one properly....set level, and stable)
2. remote or wired shutter (you do not want to have to depress the shutter button on the body during a long exp)
3. ISO needs to be as low as it will go
4. focus to infinity, leave lens on manual focus
5. determine how long you are going to hold the shutter open (this one you say is 3 sec, so keep consistant and shoot 3 secs for each shot)
6. adjust your aperture appropriately, based on your determined exposure length. Do a couple of test shots to make sure you are getting the appropriate exposure


Here is one of my shots from the state fair a few years ago. I can't provide the exif myself right now, I'm at work.....but its surely from my old 30D and the kit lens.


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Nov 06, 2011 06:45 |  #4

I like the 2nd picture. The 1st and 3rd have alot of blown out highlights from the shutter being open too long.

I agree with the others who said they look noisy, not sure what thats all about.

I have a t2i and still shoot with the kit lens. My 1st attempt at fireworks was at Disney World a few weeks ago. I read a great ebook on shooting fireworks from the disney photography blog. the picture i am posting below was shot in M at ISO 100 and the shutter was controlled by a remote switch. Exposure times varied based on how many fireworks were being shot off. Oh and used a tripod with the IS shut off on the lens.

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