Photographing Fireworks

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I LOVE Twitter, I am able to find so much great information on there.  Last night as I was browsing I found instructions for taking pictures of fireworks.  Now there are tons of tutorials for taking the perfect firework picture but most want you to have a tripod and remote shutter release, stuff on my list but not available or in the budget right now.  The instructions from Amanda {of Kevin and Amanda} allowed me to handhold my camera, SCORE!!  So here they are, so simple!!

In Manual Set your camera to the lowest ISO setting (100 ISO).
Set a high aperture (f/22)
Then set your shutter speed to BULB (on Nikon cameras she thought it was called TIME)
and then take your shot.

The BULB setting keeps the shutter open for as long as you hold the shutter button down.  She suggested pressing the button when it is launched and then releasing after it has exploded and faded out.

I used it to take a picture of our one firework, one of the neighbors fireworks, and the kids playing with sparklers.  I was so happy with how the pictures turned out and it couldn't have been easier.
Thanks Amanda for sharing your knowledge!!

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