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  •   Norma Orozco commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Frank Jimenez started a new discussion, TIPS FOR SHOOTING FIREWORKS
    TIPS FOR SHOOTING FIREWORKS
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    •   Wednesday, June 13 2018, 05:10 PM
    TIPS FOR SHOOTING FIREWORKS The Fourth of July is almost here, and that’s the most appropriate time to photograph fireworks! GEAR: DSLR or mirrorless camera that can be set to MANUAL function. Wide to medium zoom, or normal lens. (24-70mm in full frame, or equivalent works great). Sturdy tripod. 8 x 10 inch piece of black cardboard. Cooler with appropriate adult beverage. Nice, but not essential. ? LOCATION Find a place with a clear view of the sky. If you are in a crowd, back up and aim your camera higher. FOCUSING Find a light as far away as possible and focus on it with the lens set at autofocus. This will focus your lens to infinity. Now change the setting of your lens to MANUAL focus to keep your lens at infinity, as previously done in auto. Remember that you must refocus is you change the focal lens on your zoom lens. You can use a longer focal length to fill the frame with fireworks. EXPOSURE Start by setting your camera on MANUAL (M). Set ISO at 100 and the aperture at 8.0 and the shutter at 30 seconds. If you have a locking cable release set the shutter to B (Bulb). Taking the photograph is simple. Hold the black cardboard in front of the lens then release the shutter. Wait until the first firework starts up, then remove the card. When the burst disappears, put the card back in front of the lens again. When a new burst comes along, Uncover the lens and let it finish. When the shutter closes, once again, cover the lens with the card, release the shutter then at the right time move the card. Remember the shutter will be open for 30 seconds. That give plenty of time to shoot SEVERAL BURSTS ON ONE FRAME. Check your camera’ screen and adjust exposure accordingly. If the firework bursts appear too dark, open the lens one stop (to 5.6), or double the ISO from 100 to 200. If the shots appear too bright, close the lens one stop, to f 11. If you have a remote release, you can use the B (Bulb) setting. As long as the release is held down, the shutter remains open. The black cardboard allows multiple firework bursts to be stacked on a single exposure. Also check the placing of the bursts within the frame, as you will need space within the frame for the other bursts. I’m sure that there are other considerations, but this will help you get some spectacular fireworks. And have a great FOURTH OF JULY! NOTE: Our thanks to Kevin Ames and PHOTOFOCUS for the information provided.
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