No, usually you will need around 6-10 secs depending on the background's exposure, your aperture you wanna take, you lens's sweet spot, ISO settings etc..... But generally you will need at least 4s.Eyesthruthelens said:Hi,
Yesterday I went down to Esplanade to capture the firework display and most of my photo shots are within 1 sec shutter speed.. Is this the normal/best shutter speed setting for taking firework? :think:
Initially I used aperture control, setting to f8 but later just use auto mode. It happened so fast and really don't have time to try out the best setting.. in order not to waste the opportunity, I just switched to Auto..skyline_impreza said:Excuse me ah..hehe, for a P&S camera, without aperture and shutter speed settings. Is there anywhere I can take a good fireworks?
Last night, I uses 1.3s shutter speed. The pictures are over-exposed. I end up using normal mode, which are better than those 1.3s's pictures.
Seen a lot of topic on using shutter speed to take fireworks, seems like it doesnt work fine on me. Is there another way I can counter this problem? Tks alot.
Actually, to clarify and to be more precise, i use a black card to control so-called "composition" all the while, it is more precise/controllable and you can react faster. You will never be able to control with 4-5 seconds, tried that so many times. 10s or more is good if you intend to take in both the low-level burst followed by the high-level burst...there is the height and layer feel to it. For eg last nite SFF USA, you could get a very good effect with the cauliflower + golden shower type of fireworks combined.....that is way more than 10s in fact.showtime said:with 10-12 seconds, your light trails will be super long and you dont have control over the composition. the next set of fireworks would likely have fired and your shot be messed up...
You can take a look at photo gallery - Ready, lights, action. Saw rcnw's ones are 8+ seconds. They are not messy and there is 1 pic which is actually complete and many preferred that shot. Seriously, it really depends on your timing and the type of fireworks fired. The high level shells already need ard 3 seconds to travel all the way up, unless you do not want to take the ground muzzle fire + trail up.Eyesthruthelens said:Yeah.. yesterday when the xposure is more than 1 sec, I can see that the firework became very messy.. for 12 sec exposure... do you have any shots to share?
Hear sound already too late liao lor. Sound travels at 340.29 m/s at sea level, fyi. ;pstarry said:hmm how to judge when to shoot? hearing the sound, see the trail go up etc. Most of my shot is either too early or too late. Btw I using only a P&S cos' I new to photography. :embrass: get a lower end one to learn 1st
Well, you are shooting like 3 frames every minute. For a short 8 minute show, you have at least 24 frames. You won't have so many misses one lar.ltma said:2100,
Thanks for the advice. I think shooting fireworks are not easy. Timing is everything. although we want to stay open for 6-10 seconds, a sudden big burst of lights will wipe out the exposure.
starry said:hmm how to judge when to shoot? hearing the sound, see the trail go up etc. I am very new to photography and even so for fireworks photograhy. My 1st take is at national day preview. 2nd one is the SFF US team.
Once the event start I was too anxious and begins anyhow shotting cos I cant judge the height of fireworks lolz.. so how do u anticipate it? Most of my shot is either too early or too late. Btw I using only a P&S cos' I new to photography. :embrass: get a lower end one to learn 1st