How to take Photos of Fireworks

June 11, 2016  •  1 Comment

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With the Independence Day Holiday coming up in the United States I thought that I should re-post how I like to photograpgh fireworks.    

In general, when I shoot fireworks I like to do the following:

  • Camera Settings
    • F-Stop: f/11 to f/16
    • ISO: 100
    • Shutter Speed: Use BULB Mode and keep the shutter open, I usually have it open between 5 and 10 seconds. You need to time it with the show so that you get the bursts.  Use a cable release so that you do not shake the camera as you are holding the shutter button.
    • Turn off auto focus, I like to get the focus set before it gets too dark
  • Use a very stable tripod out to long shutter speeds
  • Get their early to claim the best location for the show
  • Use a wider lens, the fireworks will most likely fill the entire sky and you will need to be very wide, I suggest around 24mm on a full frame camera and 18mm on a crop body camera
  • Bring a flashlight so that you can change settings on the camera or get something out of your camera bag.
The equipment I use consists of a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens, wired remote shutter release and an  Induro CT314 w/ a Induro BHL3 Tripod and head.  This combination of Head and Tripod is rock solid and will not budge and you need that when you leaving the shutter open for 6 seconds, any shake will be apparent on the photos. I also like to  get something in the foreground to give the shot scale and provide a reference to the environment.

Fro Knows Photo Video Tips

I ran across this video from Fro Knows Photo and he has 16 tips for shooting Fireworks.  I did not break mine down as far as he did.  Most of what he talks about is common sense.  But I did like the one tip about trying to get some crowd shots while the fireworks are going on.  If you have a second camera this would be an ideal thing to do with it while your main camera is on the tripod.

 

Fireworks at Walt Disney World

I have taken some of my best fireworks photos at Walt Disney World.  I believe they have the besot fireworks shows around.  Probably because they are having at least one show a day and have lots of practice.  You can visit my Gallery and I have inserted some of the photos below.

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1.Henry Ford(non-registered)
Great tips from a top professional photographer who takes the time to share!
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