Photograph Fireworks Without Tripod?
Perhaps the most important idea is to secure your digital camera into something which will ensure it will not move during the shooting of your own shots. This is particularly significant in photographing fireworks only because you will be using longer shutter speeds that won’t only capture the motion of the fireworks but any movement of the camera itself. The best way to keep your camera still is with a tripod
Aperture Setting For Photograph Fireworks
A common question about photographing fireworks displays is what aperture to use. Lots of individuals think you will need a fast lens for them but the truth is it is quite the contrary as the light that the fireworks emit is rather bright. I find that apertures in the mid to small range often operate pretty well and would usually shoot somewhere between f/8 to f/16.
Photograph Fireworks Shutter Speed Setting
Fireworks move and because of this the very best photographs of these capture this motion meaning you will need a great long exposure. The technique that I developed when I first photographed fireworks was to take in ‘bulb’ mode. This is a mode which permits you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold the camera down (preferably with a remote shutter release of a type). Using this technique you hit the shutter as the firework is going to burst and hold it down until it is finished exploding (normally a couple of seconds).
It is also possible to experiment with set shutter speeds to see what effect it’ll have but I find that unless you are holding the shutter open for very long exposures that the bulb technique works fairly well.
Do not keep your shutter open too long. The temptation is to think that since it is dark that you could make it open as long as you’d like. The issue with this is that fireworks are bright and it does not take too much to over expose them, particularly if your shutter is available for many bursts in the 1 area of the sky. By all means experiment with multiple burst shots — but most people wind up finding that the easier one burst shots could be greatest.
When photograph firework, try to shooting at a lowest ISO you can get. It’s better to ensure the cleanest shots possible.
Shooting with a flash will have no effect on your own shots except to fool your camera into thinking it needs a brief exposure time. Bear in mind that your camera’s flash will just have a reach of a few meters and in the event of fireworks even if they were this close a flash would not really have anything to light except for a few smoke that would distract from the actual activity (the flashing lights). Switch off your flash.