Guide to shoot great Fireworks photos

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Fireworks Tips… There are many ways to shoot. Choose one below and stick with it to practice and enjoy the fireworks.

Ideal Way to shoot…. in Bulb Setting   •I find the best way is to use a tripod.  •Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter if you have one, otherwise use your 2 sec. self-timer.  • Shoot the highest quality file you can, Jpeg Fine. Use RAW only if you have computer software to convert it.                                                                                                                                                                            •Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200 ISO to start. Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B), found under the dial on Manual mode (M). The Bulb setting allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst or for multiple bursts on one frame by holding the shutter open for a few seconds.                                                                                       •Try starting at aperture f/11.  •Focus manually if your camera has a hard time on auto focus                            ••••••Other options instead of Bulb setting…

SHUTTER PRIORITY…Set the shutter speed anywhere from 1” to 30” secs. and the f-stop will be chosen by the camera. Start about 200 or 400 ISO. Tripod only.                                                                                    APERTURE PRIORITY…Choose f/11 -f/16 and the camera will choose the length of the shutter speed. Start about 200 or 400 ISO. Tripod only.                                                                                                                           LAST OPTION… If you want to hand hold, you will want a high ISO so the shutter speed is around1/60 or higher and be steady. Try Program (P) or Shutter Priority (S or Tv), NOT Aperture Priority.  Set VR (vibration reduction) or IS (on Canon) to ON if available to help with camera shake, found on lens.  www.KatydidPhoto.com   215-672-5686

 

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