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Jul 19, 2009 16:51 |  #1

Took these at a local carnival..
no pp done. Let me know if these can be improved by pp.
I tried various combinations of time ranging from 2 sec to 5 sec...

What is the general default setting of ISO, aperture and time that you use
for photographing fireworks?

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Jul 19, 2009 17:12 |  #2

i like them , think you captured them really well , ive never tried fireworks so cant comment on settings , but it looks as if you had your settings right , nice job

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Jul 19, 2009 17:22 |  #3

Those are very good!

Here's my take on how to get keepers shooting fireworks.


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Jul 19, 2009 17:57 |  #4

mrmacca wrote in post #8307781 (external link)
i like them , think you captured them really well , ive never tried fireworks so cant comment on settings , but it looks as if you had your settings right , nice job

3 the best for me

Thanks Dave! Appreciate the comments..

jgrussell wrote in post #8307835 (external link)
Those are very good!

Here's my take on how to get keepers shooting fireworks.

Thanks Jgr.. I have to try 'bulb' setting sometime to get consistently good images.
I was just trying out various time settings manually.


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Jul 19, 2009 18:59 as a reply to  @ asty80's post |  #5

Very nice shots for your first attempt! :D

I love shooting fireworks, but I am by no means an expert.

From my experience, I can say that there are several factors to consider when photographing fireworks. First, I consider lens selection and distance from the fireworks display as the biggest factors affecting camera settings. If I'm shooting from an (ideal) distance of 400-600m away from the launching spot, I'll choose a lens in the 35 to 70mm focal length range. If shooting from a distance of 400m or less, I'll use a wider-angle lens (approx 28mm), and for distances of 1000m or more, a 70 to 100mm lens is good.

Clearly, every fireworks burst is different, so there is often a bit of luck involved as well. Sometimes, if you're really motivated, you can contact the event organizers and obtain a "schedule" of the planned display bursts. But such detailed information isn't always available.

As for specific camera setup and exposures, I generally "start out" with something like these (below), but you need to be flexible, and be prepared to adjust on the fly.

Tripod
Cable release
Aperture setting around F8 – 16 (F11 for starters)
ISO 100
Focus at infinity
Shutter speed on “Bulb” - Exposure time is 1-10 seconds depending on intensity of the burst. For a typical "Chrysanthemum" burst, I'll expose for 2-3 seconds (just by counting silently in my head). For the really bright "starmines," I'll press the cable release button and then release it very quickly -- maybe 0.25 to 0.5 sec -- otherwise you risk overexposure.

In summary, there are no "absolutes" when it comes to fireworks photography, and I'm sure there are many other opinions out there. But this is my general approach. Best of luck!


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Jul 19, 2009 20:27 |  #6

You've done amazingly well on capturing the bursts. The only problem I see is there is no context, just bursts in the sky. If you had included any of the carnival below it might be a tad more interesting.




  
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Jul 19, 2009 20:55 |  #7

Go4Eva, thanks for the advice! That was helpful.

gonzogolf wrote in post #8308696 (external link)
You've done amazingly well on capturing the bursts. The only problem I see is there is no context, just bursts in the sky. If you had included any of the carnival below it might be a tad more interesting.


gonzogolf, I tried to capture the carnival but the problem was that the fireworks were in a differnt direction from where I was standing. Since the carnival was there only for a day, I had no idea which side the fireworks would be :(
Thanks for the advice. :)


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Jul 20, 2009 03:20 |  #8

very nice job. i probably would've zoomed out a bit to be able to capture the entire fireworks in the frame and then cropped later to satisfaction. i would also try increasing contrast on some of these to get rid of the smoke and haziness around the fireworks.




  
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Jul 20, 2009 17:52 |  #9

@DrFil - Thanks for the comment. I'll try zooming out the next time.


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Jul 20, 2009 18:43 |  #10

Well done.

It's a difficult subject.


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Jul 21, 2009 16:48 |  #11

Thanks ConDigital :D


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Jul 21, 2009 22:31 |  #12

wow this is perfect!


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Jul 21, 2009 22:56 |  #13

i agree with korrector. those are some of the best firework pictures i have seen on the forums. mine were so bad i didnt even think about posting them here.
good job :)




  
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Jul 23, 2009 15:04 |  #14

korrektor wrote in post #8321931 (external link)
wow this is perfect!

hermanbong74 wrote in post #8322059 (external link)
i agree with korrector. those are some of the best firework pictures i have seen on the forums. mine were so bad i didnt even think about posting them here.
good job :)

Thanks guys!! I dont take praise too well ,lol :oops:


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