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Shooting Fireworks?
Could someone give me some suggestion on the best way to shoot fireworks? Do you use flash or not? Also what lens suggestion would you have for a Rebel XT for this?.

Thanks..

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TrxR wrote:.

Could someone give me some suggestion on the best way to shootfireworks? Do you use flash or not? Also what lens suggestion wouldyou have for a Rebel XT for this?.

Thanks.

Flash? you have a flash that extends to thousands of feet?.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..

Comment #1

Tripod is a must. I'd leave it at low to mid ISO and go manual exposure. Focus on infinity and make sure you're in manual focus as well (otherwise the AF system will just hunt forever). Adjust the shutter to a relatively long period depending on light. You can get several firework bursts in one frame, filling the sky..

If you're trying to get the foreground/surroundings and they are well lit, you may need to stack several exposures of the sky portion together in Photoshop with one or two exposures of the foreground..

Lens would depend on distance to the fireworks and how much of the surroundings you want to take in..

TrxR wrote:.

Could someone give me some suggestion on the best way to shootfireworks? Do you use flash or not? Also what lens suggestion wouldyou have for a Rebel XT for this?.

Thanks..

Comment #2

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This was shot with auto exposure at 1/50 & f/3.5..

The 'smoke spiders' higher up were left over and buned out befor the bright white flash lit the sky..

Monitor your shots and dial the exposure compensation up and down a stop or two based on your results..

The bright white in this image tended to under expose the more colorful sparks..

If you want more color, increase the exposure..

Anticipate the blast. Some tend to reach peak expansion the pause then evetually as gravity take over, fall. During that pause is when you can get max. detail as opposed to blurred colors..

Look for the launch site and include it in the frame. with a manually selected shutter speed of 1 to 1.5 sec. you can get the whole thing from launch to explosion..

Keep shooting. You can pick out your favorites later but you can't catch what you've already missed..

Don't forget to watch the show!..

Comment #3

See my thread here:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1039&message=28496022.

I posted it based on the Nikon D200, but the technique and settings: manual everything, bulb mode, low ISO, etc. are applicable to any DSLR. I've been shooting fireworks for years and this is the best way to successfully capture them...

Comment #4

Hi:.

I just shot my first group of Fireworks last night; July 4. I posted one of the shots in the Sample/Gallery Forum. I included settings...

Comment #5

Well, last night was my first time trying to shoot fireworks as well (D40). Some of the info I got here were to shoot with lowest shutter speed "bulb" at between f8 and f11. set focus to infinity. I played with the focal length a bit to try to get different other "stuff" in the frame also (wasn't easy) I kinda guessed at exposure time with some shots only being a couple of seconds while others I may have waited for a couple of other bursts...... I need more practice  at any rate. I must have shot a hundred pics but these were my better ones.



Fhttp://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc37/pegasiskml/100.jpgferent shots.

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.. some of the advice needs a bit of refining..

For moving fireworks, shutter time has nothing to do with exposure. For moving fireworks, exposure is totally determined by ISO and aperture. Of course if you have stationary illuminated objects in the scene, shutter time matters for those..

Another poster's good advice is to use two exposures, one for the fireworks, and one for the stationary things..

For catching the fireworks, it's best to put your camera in manual exposure mode, select an aperture of f11, and set shutter to bulb. Hold it open untill you've caught enough blasts. If there are a lot of ground lights, glare may limit the exposure time. Check the resukts after one or two shots and adjust aperture up or down (usually not more than one stop) if needed. Decreasing exposure (a larger aperture number or smaller aperture) increases color saturation..

Automatic exposure won't work for fireworks. It will overexpose every time. Camera meters are not designed to expose intense bright spots against a black sky. Likewise, EC is nearly useles for aerial fireworks. It's not available in manual mode, which is where you should be. In aperture priority mode it will adjust shutter time, which does nothing for exposure..

Here's a post and thread from last year that the OP might find useful:http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1031&message=24462542.

Darn, I got rained out this fourth. Wait till next year!.

JerryG.

See my galleries at:http://www.pbase.com/jerryg1..

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