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    Default Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    I see people using black card while shooting bulb for firework. Does it only reduces glare/ overexposure or can it also reduce the capture of the smoke produces during fireworks?
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    Default Re: Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    No, it's purely for controlling the exposure of the bursts.

    Glare - change angles, take off any filters or use a better lens.

    Over-exposure - learn to control exposure.

    Smoke - Shoot early, pray for strong wind or learn how to reduce/remove smoke in post processing.

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    Default Re: Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    As DM has mentioned, a black card is to make it easy for you to control the exposure time instead of using timed mode.

    As for smoke, you'd need to shoot early or hope for wind to dissapate the smoke.
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    Default Re: Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    No, it's purely for controlling the exposure of the bursts.

    Glare - change angles, take off any filters or use a better lens.

    Over-exposure - learn to control exposure.

    Smoke - Shoot early, pray for strong wind or learn how to reduce/remove smoke in post processing.
    Can CS3 remove the smoke??
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    Default Re: Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Lam CK View Post
    Can CS3 remove the smoke??
    Depends. For example, you can't remove smoke that is covering the firework. You might remove the firework as well.

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    Default Re: Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    As DM has mentioned, a black card is to make it easy for you to control the exposure time instead of using timed mode.

    As for smoke, you'd need to shoot early or hope for wind to dissapate the smoke.
    can explain hopw to use the black card to control the exposure time?

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    Default Re: Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    Quote Originally Posted by redname View Post
    can explain hopw to use the black card to control the exposure time?
    Hold the black card in front of the lens instead of closing the shutter. Requires Bulb mode (see your manual). I'm sure Google will reveal more details in many links
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Lam CK View Post
    Can CS3 remove the smoke??
    In short, yes. You could even use an ancient version of Photoshop like PhotoShop 6 or 7 or CS2 to do it. You'll have to play around with curves, layers, cloning and stamping tools and see what works for each photo. Needless to say, there would be other methods, but they might get complicated.

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    Default Re: Will using Black Card Reduce the Smoke from Fireworks Shots?

    Agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    No, it's purely for controlling the exposure of the bursts.

    Glare - change angles, take off any filters or use a better lens.

    Over-exposure - learn to control exposure.

    Smoke - Shoot early, pray for strong wind or learn how to reduce/remove smoke in post processing.
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