A&P Shooting Fireworks... any tips?

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  1. Wobistdu

    Wobistdu Guest

    I think I'm going to venture out and try to snap fireworks tomorrow night.

    Any tips?

    I'm thinking like a 2-4sec exposure to give a surreal look of multiple ones, but not too long or it will become a giant cluster of fireworks.

    Use my 0.9 ND filter or no?

    Was gonna use the tamron 17-50 set to infinity focus.
     
  2. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Focus @ Infinity
    Ive had good experience with 20 second exposures.

    f/11 or so.

    ISO 200

    I would not use an ND filter at night.

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  3. Wobistdu

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    thanks nicholas. i'm worried that the fireworks will all go off in the same spot, causing a giant blur of fireworks.

    your pic is nice with them being all over the place
     
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    I would just put the shutter on bulb and put something dark in front of the lens. when firework shoots up, uncap it. basically, put as many fireworks as you want into one shot. if it looks like one is going up in the same spot, leave the lens covered
     
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  6. tenplanescrashing

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    my secret to fireworks...get there at the beginning and get the first couple only. if the wind isn't moving the smoke, all you'll get is a haze in the last few.
     
  7. Wobistdu

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    yeah good call.
     
  8. wizeguy4

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    low iso, tripod, focus to infinity, bulb mode, f8-11, and a remote shutter cable, extra battery cause bulb will use alot more battery power

    and try to have something that ties the fireworks to the ground. now just a bunch of explosions in the air only.
     
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    That would have to be one long fireworks display for your battery to die.
     
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    around here, there are several places that will have fireworks, you can easily go from one spot to another all within like 15 minutes. I was not sure what the OP had in mind when he said he was "venturing out" so I figured, might as well be prepared
     
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    15 minutes is nothing for these batteries. better to be prepared, yes, but I doubt he'll have a problem within 15-20 minutes.
     
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    Here are some of mine. That tip about shooting before it gets smoky is a good one. Another tip that somebody told me is to get something else in the frame as opposed to just the fireworks in the shot. The first one is all fireworks and the rest give some perspective.

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    This is the best shell I have ever captured, but it was the highest one of the night and my camera wasn't aimed that high

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