It’s a star-spangled time of year again, so be ready, get your batteries charged, get your tripod out, and try out our long-exposure technique on shooting fireworks!
- Use a tripod.
- Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter if you have one. If you do not, use your 2 sec. self-timer or your 10 sec. self-timer.
- Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction (found in your menu).
- Shoot the highest quality JPEG file you can but RAW is ideal.
- Set your camera to Manual Mode.
- Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200 or 400.
- A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
- Shutter Speed… Two options: Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts. You can also try 2-10 sec. exposures.
- If your camera will not take a picture, it is due to the autofocus being unable to find enough contrast in the dark. Then turn off the autofocus. Manually focus your lens at infinity.
- Try different lenses. A wide-angle lens is best for shooting multiple bursts of fireworks. Try a zoom lens to get in tight and get some crazy, cool colors.
- Remember to bring your bug spray, and try to find a location where there are no streetlights or headlights around you.