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    Default How to capture good fireworks shots?

    I'm currently using Sony DSC-W50 cybershot. Can somebody teach me how to use this camera to capture the best fireworks shots? Cos everytime it's either the shots get delayed when I try to capture fireworks shots or the image gets fuzzy.

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    Default Re: How to capture good fireworks shots?

    Do a search around the forum, there is another discussion at the canon thread. Basically, you need:
    1) Wide angle lens
    2) Tripod
    3) Bulb mode or timer mode

    Settings:
    Aperture: f8-11
    Shutter: Depending on your preference. Can range from 0.5s to 2s
    ISO: 100 or the lowest
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    Quote Originally Posted by yehosaphat View Post
    Do a search around the forum, there is another discussion at the canon thread. Basically, you need:
    1) Wide angle lens
    2) Tripod
    3) Bulb mode or timer mode

    Settings:
    Aperture: f8-11
    Shutter: Depending on your preference. Can range from 0.5s to 2s
    ISO: 100 or the lowest
    this setting will work???

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    Quote Originally Posted by westwest2 View Post
    this setting will work???
    you wanna try?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yehosaphat View Post
    you wanna try?
    sorry...i not a pro or what...so i asking...you got sample to show? for exposure at 0.5 to 2s at f8~11 ISO100...i like to see...maybe you can teach everyone in cs a trick or two...

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    Default Re: How to capture good fireworks shots?

    Here are some shots taken some time back with the different shutter speed used.

    #1 - abt 0.5s


    #2 - abt 4s


    See the difference?
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    thats nice. are those this years fireworks area??

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    Quote Originally Posted by kebeye View Post
    thats nice. are those this years fireworks area??
    No idea man
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    Quote Originally Posted by yehosaphat View Post
    Here are some shots taken some time back with the different shutter speed used.
    See the difference?
    sorry...not a pro...cannot tell the differences at all...maybe you can explain...so everyone can learn from you...can help us newbie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by westwest2 View Post
    sorry...not a pro...cannot tell the differences at all...maybe you can explain...so everyone can learn from you...can help us newbie...
    With smaller aperture, you need longer exposure. The trails are finer. However, if they shoot too many fireworks altogether, you can get 1 big blur. That is why I really hate the final climax.

    Here is one shot of mine taken during SFF06. Shot with F14, 6 secs. Anyway, I count manually...one thousand....two thousand....


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    Default Re: How to capture good fireworks shots?

    A question, as the range of shutter speed as mentioned earlier (0.5s to 6s) is rather wide and that the aperture is fixed, won't you get different exposures? What I'm trying to say is, won't the background be overexposed at say 6 seconds when 2 secs at f11 is the correct exposure?

    NOt sure i phrased my questions clearly enough...
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    Default Re: How to capture good fireworks shots?

    Quote Originally Posted by tkbonz View Post
    A question, as the range of shutter speed as mentioned earlier (0.5s to 6s) is rather wide and that the aperture is fixed, won't you get different exposures? What I'm trying to say is, won't the background be overexposed at say 6 seconds when 2 secs at f11 is the correct exposure?

    NOt sure i phrased my questions clearly enough...
    It would be easily to get your background properly expose with photoshop and a properly expose background picture.
    However fireworks is not so easy to get once it fireoff, concentrate on taking the fireworks and get the background done behind the scene when possible.

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    As in take a properly exposed shot of the background before any fireworks? And then to merge them (or something similar) in photoshop? Good idea!
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    Err... I always expose for the buildings at f11/13, iso 200, bulb mode, usually 2 - 6 sec for the begining and mid, 1 - 2 sec for the finale..

    Most of the time the pictures are decent though not pro la..

    OT abit...

    Try including some buildings or interesting foreground whenever possible, coz fireworks themself are overshot and boring if just taken alone.
    It looks nice when you're seein it live but a mth later when you look at the pics again, it'll just look like another fireworks from anywhere else on the planet.

    Last edited by hohoho32; 19th July 2007 at 04:11 PM.

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    Tripod, pre-focus, relatively small aperture (f/8 or smaller), timer (or remote), long exposure (depending on what kind of firework)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madmax View Post
    With smaller aperture, you need longer exposure. The trails are finer. However, if they shoot too many fireworks altogether, you can get 1 big blur. That is why I really hate the final climax.

    Here is one shot of mine taken during SFF06. Shot with F14, 6 secs. Anyway, I count manually...one thousand....two thousand....

    wah...nice photo...btw...care to help newbies in taking more firework as national day and the SFF is coming...

    saw this photo online...

    what kind of setting is used? cause it looks very under exposed

    Last edited by westwest2; 21st July 2007 at 07:07 PM.

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    can only use manual focus tune to infinity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkchua79 View Post
    can only use manual focus tune to infinity?
    Usually so cos you got no other subject for pre-focusing as everything is dark!
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    nice shots man. so base on those reply can i assume that you need a professional camera to help take fireworks and a normal camera like my Sony DSC-W50 cybershot will never be able to capture good shots?

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