With Fireworks night just three nights away – many of you will be taking to firework displays all over the country with your cameras and camera phones in an attempt to get a few snaps of the fireworks to share with your friends.
So, how do people get get such great firework pictures at the right time, brightness and exposure?
If you are using your camera phone, you can of course purchase a special phone tripod, although you might get a few dodgy looks – however, if you are using a proper camera, then it is a bit more acceptable.
As you will most likely be using a slower shutter speed, it will capture the movement of the camera too – therefore it is important to keep your camera steady to get as little movement as possible and keep the camera still.
As mentioned before, decreasing your shutter speed is key to capturing fireworks.
Most camera phones will not have a built in option to alter the shutter speed of your camera, however you can find applications that do this for you.
Most standard cameras however will allow you to decrease the shutter speed.
This way, you can press down your shutter just as the firework explodes, until it finishes (this is usually a few seconds), so that you can capture the full firework.
Most good quality digital cameras have a ‘bulb’ setting, whereby the shutter is open from the moment you depress the shutter button, to the moment to release it.
This allows you to capture the full light trail of the firework.
Make sure it goes Camera > Firework > Smoke otherwise you will find that your pictures will come out really hazy and the focus of the camera will be on the smoke, rather than on the fireworks itself.
So make sure the wind is blowing from you towards the fireworks and not the other way around.
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