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Tips for Shooting Fireworks

June 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

EPCOT (2013-01-01)EPCOT (2013-01-01)The IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Fireworks Show at EPCOT

I ran a post on my personal blog site back in Jan 2013 after our Trip to Walt Disney World.  The 4th of July is this week and I thought it appropriate to provide tips on shooting fireworks.  I gave you the settings for these photos below.  But in general to shoot fireworks what you want to set your camera to is:

  • F-Stop:  f/11 to f/16
  • ISO:  100-200
  • Shutter Speed:  Use BULB Mode and keep the shutter open, I usually have it open between 6 and 10 seconds.  You need to time it with the show so that you get the bursts.

I find it nice to get something in the foreground to give the shot scale and provide a reference to the environment.



The IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Fireworks Show at EPCOT

These are some of my best fireworks shots I have ever taken. This was on New Years Day (2013) at Epcot at Walt Disney World during the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Show

For the photo geeks. The photos are single exposures taken with a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS @ 50mm (except for the portrait orientation) lens at f/13 with an ISO 100. The camera was mounted on an Induro CT114 w/ a Really Right Stuff Mini Head BH-25 Tripod and head.



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