Fireworks night is coming up soon, and I always love to get my camera out this time of year. Capturing fireworks can be a bit of a challenge and something that I always try to improve on.
Firstly, you are going to need a tripod! Due to the limited light source (as it is generally dark when you shoot fireworks) you will need to have longer shutter speed and to keep that camera as steady as possible. To keep your camera as still as possible you can also use a remote release, but I do not have one, so I don’t bother.
Top Tip: Always check that the venue is ok with using tripods as well, some places can be quite funny.
Now you have your camera set up, you need to frame and compose your images. If you are going to a public display, it is good to get there early so you know where you should be directing your camera and to scope out a good site. Ensure that you keep an eye on your horizon, if your camera has an internal level, to check that your images are going to be straight.
I usually shoot at a focal length of f/8, but there is no right and wrong answer, just give it a good with different apertures to see what works at the distance that you are working with.
Shutter speed is crucial, and again something to play around with. You do not want to leave the shutter open too long, as can make the image have too much light and overexpose the image but want it open enough to get the movement and light trails of the fireworks. Try between 2-10 seconds to start with and review and adjust as needed.
ISO should be as low as possible to remove as much background noise as possible and give a lovely sharp image.
Don’t be disheartened, so much about capturing fireworks is practising. Give it a go, and you will be surprised at what you end with. Take as many shots as you like as that perfect one will be there.