A&P i want to shoot fireworks tomorrow.

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  1. TomDlgns

    TomDlgns OT Supporter

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    40d and i will be using my canon 10-22 lens.

    what are the ideal settings?

    i am going to be wide open, i think that is 3.5 at 10mm, and high ISO.

    is manual the best mode for this?

    i suppose it would be.

    i have never shot fireworks before.

    thanks.
     
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    3-5 second exposure, manually adjust aperture and ISO until you like the results.
     
  3. TomDlgns

    TomDlgns OT Supporter

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    good deal.

    i have a tripod and a remote release.

    the 3-5 second exposure is what i dont get.

    i like the crisp/tight shots of fireworks.

    i feel that if i set to 3-5 second exposure, i will see the fireworks trailing, if that makes sense.
     
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    the ISO should be lower, not higher. common misconception about shooting fireworks. I shoot at 100 (200 max) for any fireworks display.
    You need the longer shutter to capture the light...you'll get trails, but it's idea. If you shot any quicker, you'd just get what is currently on fire and it will look like a spec.

    Depending on conditions, this is my common setting:

    2-3 second shutter
    f/5.6 aperture
    ISO 100
    Manual focus set to infinity
    WB set to Auto
    NR turned off
    Remote trigger or 2 second delay
     
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    If you like crisper shots then use shorter exposures...just depends on how much of a "trail" you want to see.
     
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    Is the remote release the RS-80N3[FONT=arial,sans-serif][SIZE=-1]? If you have one like that you can use it in bulb mode. When you see a firework going off, press the shutter and lock it until it dissappears.

    if you like crisp tight shots of fireworks, not sure if 10mm is what you want, i'd try these settings first and see how they turn out:

    ISO 100 - 22mm - f5
    Use bulb mode

    I think the main thing is to try ISO 100 and f4.5-5.6. As long as you have some inital settings set, you won't be playing around with much else. First time I tried to shoot fireworks, it was a disaster. Good luck!
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    Shoot before you post. And you being wide open :naughty:
     
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    Do not forget to set your les to manual focus or it will hunt around in teh dark and you will miss the shot. So set the aperature at like 4-5.6 and manual focus to infinity
     
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    I learned this the hard way about 5 minutes into shooting the fireworks at Disney. :o

    "DAMMIT! WHY WON'T IT FOCUS! :squint:"

    "Oh."
     
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    yeah, i know manual focus is a must.

    so just set it to infinity? or should i set the focus on the clouds before it gets dark?
     
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    TomDlgns OT Supporter

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    i wanna capture something like this

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    TomDlgns OT Supporter

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    i guess i would get the trails. i was probably thinking of something else.

    looks like 2-3 seconds it is...

    i have a trigger for the 40d, but i am not sure which it is exactly. it does have bulb mode though.

    ill see if i can find it.
     
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    Hyperite Vagina Junction OT Supporter

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    [​IMG]

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    exif intact
     
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    Noparking Platinum Member OT Supporter

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    thanks for the info
     
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    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    good stuff...
     
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    yeah, something like that.

    checking exif now.
     
  17. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    here's a couple i took with exif data intact.
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    what about metering?

    camera is set to evaluative metering
     
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    secretly enjoying this thread :cool:
     
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    haha

    why does it have to be a secret?
     
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    Hyperite Vagina Junction OT Supporter

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    but... you're setting everything manually
     
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    yeah i know....thats what the selected setting was. maybe in m mode it doesnt matter

    either way, the pictures sucked.

    f11 was too small
    fireworks were not as big/wide from where i was at so at 22 mm i was still way out
    and focus was set to infinity which was blurry, had to step it back a bit.

    i was not happy at all with the pics.

    these were the fireworks from grant park in chicago.

    oh well.
     
  23. TomDlgns

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    i may try to find what i think was my best one and post it
     
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    great thread. subscribed ;)
     
  25. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Pretty basic :dunno:

    With Tamron 17-50
    Camera: Canon EOS 30D
    Exposure: 13 sec (13)
    Aperture: f/13
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
    Flash:Flash did not fire

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