firework..P mode enough?


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phoebuz

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Hi,

I would like to ask that the P mode is enough to catch the firework?...I afraid during the time i playing around those Av and Tv mode, the firework is gone...
 

chalib

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Commonly use is Bulb mode

Google and read up Fireworks photography. There are many and available from the net
 

phoebuz

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i will go marina or vivo this coming Thursday for the countdown. Due to the crowds, is that possible to take the firework shoot with hand held or tripod is a must?!
 

yc2005

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i will go marina or vivo this coming Thursday for the countdown. Due to the crowds, is that possible to take the firework shoot with hand held or tripod is a must?!
I think the easiest for u will to be set your camera to shutter priority mode, set the time to between 3-10 seconds depending on how you want the picture to turn out

You may google for the techniques for taking fireworks. Like some mentioned, bulb mode is the way to go. You may also look up for the black card technique.

And yes, you need to use a tripod
 

RezzShaz

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manual mode + tripod + a good location....just hope it doesn't rain.....
 

phoebuz

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wat is bulb mode?! sorry to ask this noobie question...
my camera only got auto, P, tV, Av, M etc..no bulb mode...
 

tehzeh

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you go to manual mode and adjust the shutter speed to bulb, which is after 30 seconds. (I hope I am correct cause I am a Sony user.. not a canon..)
 

dykat2009

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I am also a newbie. While browsing the CS forum, I collected some notes on taking frieworks. Sharing it below.

I go into manual (M) mode and use bulb shutter setting for the fireworks. Use ISO 100 and F/8-F/16 (do some test shots of the first few bursts and adjust the aperture accordingly

Fireworks--
Use a tripod. You can't handhold the camera for a time exposure, even if you're using an IS lens.
Use ISO 100 or lower. Fireworks are bright and the lower the ISO setting, the lower the image noise.
Stop down to around f8, maybe f11. This will give you the sharpest images and allow a long exposure.
Prefocus the lens and switch to manual focus.
Try shutter speeds from 2s to 8s. The longer the exposure, the longer the trails will be.
Open the shutter while the firework is on it's way up, not when the shell explodes.
A remote release will be useful. Use one if you have one.

In bulb shutter mode, you press the remote button to open the shutter, the seconds starts counting.

Yes, Bulb shutter is right after the 30 seconds setting for shutter speed.
 

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i will go marina or vivo this coming Thursday for the countdown. Due to the crowds, is that possible to take the firework shoot with hand held or tripod is a must?!
Haha.. I've not heard of anyone who take photos of fireworks (long exposure shots of more than 10secs), handheld..
You need a sturdy tripod. There will be many people and it will be extremely packed there. ;)
 

dykat2009

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So where is a good location? :bsmilie:
The best location would be the top of the former Westin hotel. or in a high rise storey inside one fo those bank building (HSBC, etc.)

I prefer to shoot firework from a further location coz I do not have a UWA lens.
 

engrmariano

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actually if shooting for myself, i'd rather take video

and no P mode not enough
and tripod is necessary
good idea. specially new dslr are HD video capable.
then just screen capture some scenes & convert it as image.;)
 

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