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    Hi guys, I tried shooting fireworks last night but end up the pics were not so presentable...
    my settings was Bulb, ISO 200, F32( the lowest possible ).
    what's the correct way ( settings ) on shooting fireworks?
    do u have to press the shutter once u see the fireworks or have to press b4 it explode?
    whats the best lens for fireworks?
    thanks....

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    Default Re: Settings and techniques on shooting fireworks!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by baynald12 View Post
    Hi guys, I tried shooting fireworks last night but end up the pics were not so presentable...
    my settings was Bulb, ISO 200, F32( the lowest possible ).
    what's the correct way ( settings ) on shooting fireworks?
    do u have to press the shutter once u see the fireworks or have to press b4 it explode?
    whats the best lens for fireworks?
    thanks....
    Before we answer your question(s), perhaps it'd be a good idea to explain why you chose bulb mode and f/32...?
    With bulb mode, how long was your exposure? In what way was the photo not presentable?
    Exploring! :)

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    "what's the best lens for fireworks?" ??
    Oh my...

    All I can say is that a macro lens is not necessary
    what lens to use depends on the composition you have in mind.
    Last edited by ZerocoolAstra; 4th July 2010 at 01:21 AM.
    Exploring! :)

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    check this out:

    http://www.dphotojournal.com/how-to-shoot-fireworks/

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/fireworks.htm

    Without viewing your pics, composition aside, I think you are almost there...just play around with the aperture and perhaps lower the iso to 100 to start off with.
    Last edited by azurebluee; 4th July 2010 at 01:22 AM.

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    Default Re: Settings and techniques on shooting fireworks!!!

    F32 is too small already. Your setting is bulb, but how long did you hold your shutter button? Your shutter speed would depend on how long you hold your shutter button/shutter remote control.

    I think there is no correct way to shoot fireworks, but using F32 a bit over the top. Usually F8, 11 or even 16(though sometimes not needed) should do the job already.

    In terms of shutter speed, your shutter speed should range from 1seconds or more onwards to be able to capture the movement of the fireworks as well. Do remember to off your image stablizer on your DSLR and have it mounted on a tripod to avoid shake.

    I think the most appropriate lens would be that with a wide angle (usually your kit lens would suffice) as it will be able to capture a wider angle (duh) and if unsatisfied, you can crop in when PP.

    Also, it is best you provide pictures of your shot as well so we can comment on how to improve.

    Cheers!

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    I used 17-35 sigma, with shutter remote and tripod
    I used the bulb mode because I don't know when the fireworks will explode and ends.
    My exposure depends how long a single firework ends
    Last edited by baynald12; 4th July 2010 at 01:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azurebluee View Post
    check this out:

    http://www.dphotojournal.com/how-to-shoot-fireworks/

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/fireworks.htm

    Without viewing your pics, composition aside, I think you are almost there...just play around with the aperture and perhaps lower the iso to 100 to start off with.
    thanks this is very informative.
    will try again next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by baynald12 View Post
    I used 17-35 sigma, with shutter remote and tripod
    I used the bulb mode because I don't know when the fireworks will explode and ends.
    My exposure depends how long a single firework ends
    if you use f32 (small aperture) and bulb mode (assuming very long exposure, eg 45secs), you are letting in VERY little light at one time, but over a long duration you achieve the exposure. Now... the firework itself is only for about 4-5 seconds. Although it is an intense light, how bright do you think it will appear in your photograph?

    Furthermore if you have a very long exposure, you might capture many many fireworks exploding. I don't think that will be a nice photo.
    Exploring! :)

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    check out THIS thread and try to figure out why kuantoh chose a 2.5s exposure.
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    check out THIS thread and try to figure out why kuantoh chose a 2.5s exposure.
    thanks bro. will try again next time.

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    use wide angle zoom lens, use manual exposure mode with ISO 200 F/11 @ 2s as a starting point and adjust accordingly to the right exposure. Also turn on the noise reduction setting for long exposure.

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    Default Re: Settings and techniques on shooting fireworks!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by baynald12 View Post
    Hi guys, I tried shooting fireworks last night but end up the pics were not so presentable...
    my settings was Bulb, ISO 200, F32( the lowest possible ).
    what's the correct way ( settings ) on shooting fireworks?
    do u have to press the shutter once u see the fireworks or have to press b4 it explode?
    whats the best lens for fireworks?
    thanks....
    Why so small of an aperture setting? F32 is an overkill

    Rule of thumb being u wan to maximise dof without comprosing the loss in sharpness due to diffraction caused by smaller apertures..

    I will recommend anything from f8 or up till 2 stops smaller (to f16)

    And in Bulb mode you control the exposure time manually

    And there's no best lens.. depends on ur position and expectations.
    A kit lens might do the job well, or an UWA if you are really close.

    Use a black card is to capture multiple sets of fireworks into one image. (can try google for it, its a ver ycomon technique used by fireworks photographers)
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    As for fireworks shooting, I usually set at f5.6, bulb at 1 to 3 sec, ISO at the lowest setting. As for lense, it depend how far away u are shooting. I usually use prime lense -20mm, 35mm or 50mm. Lense must set at infinity (manual). A must for tripod n remote cable.
    Good luck.

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    Do a search on here for "fireworks". This question pops up at least 20 times every year whenever there's national day or new year's day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kutten View Post
    Also turn on the noise reduction setting for long exposure.
    i will turn the LE NR off, turning it on will waste a lot of time, a 8 secs exposure will need another 8 secs for the LE NR. you are basically wasting time to capture the fireworks, which only last for a few minutes. i will rather do the NR in post processing if needed.

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    Default Re: Settings and techniques on shooting fireworks!!!

    any bulb mode for 550D? what should i use for firework photography using 550D?

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    Default Re: Settings and techniques on shooting fireworks!!!

    Basically you can try the following:

    • Mount your camera on a tripod
    • Set your format to Raw
    • Turn off NR
    • Bulb Mode
    • Small aperture (F8 -16),
    • Switch to Manual Focusing
    • Control your shots using a cable release.


    Most important is to have fun during the shoot. It's a long wait in the best spot and you only got a few minutes of action.

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    I am not familiar with canon, if your cam do not have bulb u still can use the cam to set at 3 or more sec. That means every frame is fix with the same shutter time n u can't play around.
    Some fireworks open shortly n u need abt 2 sec n the bigger one is abt 3 sec.
    If u set the shutter time too long, u are allowing the next fireworks to crash with the first one.
    The first shot of fireworks, u look thru your viewfinder to make sure it fall within the frame n the next one, u just look at the spot for the next click.
    Good luck.

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    I think there is even a sticky for fireworks under night photography.

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    Can we even use burst mode the freeze e motion? Thx
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