In celebration of National Day, several users have requested me to post a topic on how one can go about photographing Fireworks. Its very simple provided you set your mindset and treat the fireworks as Subject rather than light.
Here what you need to do:
– Find the right position where you would want to take the photo of the Fireworks. Basically frame and compose your photo to your liking
– Set your Camera on a Tripod
– Fireworks is VERY FAR away, so Automatic Focus wont help. Hence set your camera to Manual Focus (MF), you can find this switch button from AF to MF in your lens
– Now set your Focus ring on your lens to infinity, check your lens and look at the distance indicator and you should see a mark at one end that looks similar to a figure “8” – that’s infinity. Turn your focus ring to that
– Set your ISO at low Value 100 to 200
– Now Set your Camera to Aperture Priority Mode
– Set your Aperture to highest Value above 16, this way you should get a shutter of 10 seconds and more and as well get a clear sharp photo. (For me, I like to set my aperture value as high as possible, so I can get a shutter speed of 30 seconds)
– Set your camera on a timer so that it shoots itself after several seconds. You need to do this to avoid shaky image due to your finger action of touching the shoot button
Thats it really, once the fire works starts, just click away. Its a trial and error, after every shot, just click again. Remember, you have long exposure time, 20-30 seconds, so somewhere when the shutter is open and shooting, you will get some cool photos of fire work, and most likely you will end up having different photos of fireworks at different looks. Below are some of the fire works photos I took when I was in Manila Four Years ago.
Hope this tip helped, let me know what you think about it, and if any question please ask away