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Throughout the fireworks display periodically check your results. I generally will take a few shots at the start and do a quick check to see that they are OK before shooting any more. Don\’t check after every shot once you\’ve got things set up OK (or you\’ll miss the action) but do monitor yours shots occasionally to ensure you\’re not taking a completely bad batch.
Here are a few helpful tips when taking pictures of fireworks:
Find Out the Direction of the Wind Blowing – You want to shoot up wind, so it goes Camera, Fireworks, Smoke, or else they will come out hazy beyond recognition.
\”Also, I find that if you shoot from a little further back and with a little more lens, you can set the lens to manual focus, focus it at infinity and not have to worry about it after that.\”
\”Remember to take advantage of a zero processing costs and take as many pictures as possible (more than you\’d normally think necessary). That way, you\’ll up your chances of getting that \”perfect\” shot.\”
Be prepared to capture pictures of the first fireworks. Should there not be much wind, you will end up with a lot of smoke in your shot. The first explosions are as a rule the sharpest ones.
Find some black foam core and set your camera to bulb. Begin the exposure when the fireworks start with the piece of foam core in front of the lens. Every time a burst happens move the foam core out of the way. This will create multiple firework bursts in one exposure.
Pre-focus if at all possible (you will need to be able to manually focus or lock down focus for good) before the show starts so other elements in the frame are sharp. You will only need to focus once, but it is easier to do this ahead of time instead of during the fireworks display.
Also experiment with taking shots that include a wider perspective, silhouettes and people around you watching the display. Having your camera pointed at the sky can get you some wonderful shots but sometimes if you look for different perspectives you can get a few shots that are a little less cliche and just as spectacular. Most of the best shots that I\’ve seen in the researching of this article have included some other element than the fireworks themselves – whether it be people, buildings, landmarks or wider cityscape perspectives.
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