Beginner Photos still learning my Nikon D300

I purchased a Nikon D300 last year December and I am still learning a lot. I need suggestions on settings when shooting fireworks. I have difficulty getting this right. Anyway thanks...

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Sorry, I forgot, my only lense at the moment is the 18-200mm..

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To the Nikon D300/200/100 forum. That's the place to be. Mostly nice people, a couple of idjits (like everywhere), but they know the camera and it will be the best place to ask.Rob.

Everyone, everywhere, has to do everything for a first time. There is no shame in failure, only in failure to try...

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You might like to check out these two sites about taking fireworks, from the New York Institute Of Photography:.



Cheers ..

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Firewprks don't care whether you have a D300 or a Canon, or....

So, you can stay here..

The trick with fireworks is to note that they move, and you don;t know where they are going to be..

Best work: set the camera on a tripod, and choose the "Bulb" shutter speed setting..

Pick f8, and pick ISO 400..

Turn off the autofocus, and focus the camera manually at infinity or at something you can see that's far away..

And wear a dark hat..

Point the camera where you think the fireeworks will explode, and, just before you think a display will be fired, press the shutter release. (This stuff takes practice.).

The camera will record the bright burst when the firwworks explodes, and then will also record the trail as it drops from the sky..

Take off your dark hat and hold it in front of the lens..

This means nothing will be exposed because the camera "sees' only the blackness of the dark hat..

When you hear the next shooting off the ground explosion, move the hat, and the camera will now record the second firewworks up in the sky explosion, trail, etc..

After repeating this a few times, close the shutter and look on the back of the camera and see who things turned out..

Because you are looking at the back screen in the dark, it may look brighter than it really is..

If the shots look OK, repeat until the show is over..

If they look to dark, open the f stop by two stops. Chances are, they won't look too light, but if they do, lower the ISO from 400 to 200, and if still too light, to 100..


Comment #4

Thanks for the replies, I did discover that auto focus does not work so I tried manual setting but my settings were wrong.....appreciate it....


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Rta007 wrote:.

Hi,I purchased a Nikon D300 last year December and I am still learning alot. I need suggestions on settings when shooting fireworks. I havedifficulty getting this right. Anyway thanks..


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