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    Question New boy needs help!!

    Hi seniors,

    I just started photography as a hobby not very long( about 1 mth), and only had 1 lens (Canon 18-200mm). Currently using canon 60D.

    Last weekend went to mbs to try shooting fireworks. I got the tripod and the remote. I got to know that using bulb mode to shoot would be the best. But I try and I got the picture somehow not right. The background turn out to be quite red or orange.

    Really hope that anyone would give me good advice on how to get a good firework picture using the only lens I had.

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    You can post the photos here so that we can see what wrong and give suitable advice

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    That sounds like you don't like the WB used (images shot at night tend to be very warm using Auto WB), nothing to do with bulb mode. Suggest you either: shoot in RAW (you can tweak the WB afterwards during RAW development); or just set Tungsten WB, this should resolve your "red" BG (though the image will be cooler than what you are seeing now). To be sure though, it might be best to post the photographs. Cheers!

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    1) Shoot in RAW, so later can tune the WB to what u want.
    2) Shoot with tripod
    3) Shoot with remote control
    4) Shoot using Bulb mode

    The later 3 points you already know.
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    Thanks for the advice.

    I did try to post the photo. But the picture does not come out. Cause the photo is on my Facebook. Any site recommend to post and able to link here?

    But is it wise to shoot using a 18-200mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardchua85 View Post
    Thanks for the advice.

    I did try to post the photo. But the picture does not come out. Cause the photo is on my Facebook. Any site recommend to post and able to link here?

    But is it wise to shoot using a 18-200mm?
    You can post you pic in any image hosting site like flickr and/or photobucket. Actually facebook pic can be posted too.

    Anyway, it is wise to use any lens, even tele lens, depending on what you want to shoot and at what composition you want with your firework shots.
    I am not a photographer, just someone who happened to have a couple of cameras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardchua85 View Post
    Thanks for the advice.

    I did try to post the photo. But the picture does not come out. Cause the photo is on my Facebook. Any site recommend to post and able to link here?

    But is it wise to shoot using a 18-200mm?
    18-200 - depends on your requirements. Of course, if you want to capture the broad expense of a cluster of large buildings, 200mm lens will not be suitable (unless you do a panorama, which would be painful). But a 200mm lens will be good if you wish to shoot say, a cat quite a distance away. Once again, this has nothing to do with your apparent issue with the photograph.

    If you are using Firefox, you can right click the Facebook image, select "Copy Image Link", then paste the copied link between the IMG tags here in CS:

    (type this into the reply box, removing the fullstops, which are added to ensure that the tags appear)
    [IMG.]PASTEIMAGELINK[/IMG.]

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    I guess more practice and experiment would helps...

    I will try to post some pictures for comments after I reach home.

    Thanks so much.

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    That's what I get during that shooting...

    I think i post at the wrong section, but I had start the post here, so I think post here would be good.

    HELP!!

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    It is the white balance issue.

    Switch to incandescent WB and it should be cool enough.

    I use the Kelvin scale, so it is more precise. Can't be sure if your dSLR has one. If not, just fine tune it in the WB menu.
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    Just checked. Yes, the Canon 60D has the ability to select a specific Kelvin color temperature.

    Go experiment between 3,000 - 4,300K.

    Anyway, it is a matter of taste. Some like warmer colors, others cooler colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blur Shadow View Post
    It is the white balance issue.

    Switch to incandescent WB and it should be cool enough.

    I use the Kelvin scale, so it is more precise. Can't be sure if your dSLR has one. If not, just fine tune it in the WB menu.
    Tungsten should be just nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123

    You can post you pic in any image hosting site like flickr and/or photobucket. Actually facebook pic can be posted too.

    Anyway, it is wise to use any lens, even tele lens, depending on what you want to shoot and at what composition you want with your firework shots.
    Using Google Chrome, right click on the image and select "Open in new tab".

    Copy the url from the url bar and insert using [img] [/img]

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    Thanks thanks!!!

    Will try it again on this sat, if I am not working.

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    Btw... do you shoot in RAW or Jpeg format? If you shoot in RAW, then you can go back to the computer and play around with the WB setting easily.
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    I shoot it in jpeg. Cause I have not much idea in editing. So I try to shoot until what I want to get. Maybe I will try that the next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardchua85 View Post
    I shoot it in jpeg. Cause I have not much idea in editing. So I try to shoot until what I want to get. Maybe I will try that the next time.
    Set your whitebalance to tungsten next time.
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    Sure.. Sure... Thanks for all the kind advice.. More confident now.. Cheers!!!

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    a wise man told me : if White balance messed up, switch to Black and White, easy fix
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