How to take Firework Pictures Quick Tips

How to take Firework Pictures Quick Tips

by Bessie Young Photography

Ironstone Vineyard 4th of July by Bessie YoungCan you believe it is already the 4th of July?! Time sure does fly by. I am sure you all want to be able to take some amazing pictures of the fireworks, your kids playing with sparklers, and just the festivities that the 4th of July brings. How to take Firework Pictures Quick Tips by Bessie Young

Here are a few quick tips on how to take some great firework shots:

          1. Scope out your location : This is key to a great shot.
          2. Use a tripod : this will keep your camera stable and allow the images to not be blurry
          3. Use a cable release or wireless remote : This will decrease the possibility of camera shake
          4. Shoot the image in as high of quality as you can : I shoot in RAW
          5. Turn off Auto focus and manually focus your lens to infinity
          6. Turn your flash off.
          7. Use manual mode on your camera.

            Ironstone Vineyard 4th of July by Bessie Young

            a. Shutter Speed: Think about how you want the fireworks to look. Do you want them to be streaks in the sky, or do you want a burst of light? If you want streaks in the sky you need to set your shutter speed to 15 seconds or more. Bulb mode is optimal. You can use bulb mode and your shutter release cable. This will allow you to keep the shutter open as long as you would like. Be careful if you are trying to get multiple bursts as it is very easy to overexpose the image.
            b. ISO : Shooting at a low ISO will keep for a clean shot. You really need to know your camera and at what ISO your camera will begin to get grain. I typically set mine to 400 or less.
            c. Aperture : Keep your aperture between 8 and 16.
            d. Hint: A good starting point is to set your settings at ISO 100, F 11, and 30 sec exposure. If the photos are too dim, keep the shutter open longer.

          8. Experiment : experiment with different settings but make sure to track your results. This way you know what works best.Ironstone Vineyard 4th of July by Bessie Young Ironstone Vineyard 4th of July by Bessie Young

            Now go get out there and have fun. Happy 4th of July!!!

            Bessie

Bessie

 

P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here:
Kit Used:
Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu
Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ
Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW
Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming:
LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing:
Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc
Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh
Viva Video Pro for combining videos

 

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