Taking Pictures during a Fireworks Display
A fireworks event is one of the best photography subjects anyone can use. All those fabulous lights shining brightly against the dark skies are worthy to be captured on film. If you want to pursue this exciting photo session, you have to arm yourself with all the tips that would help you get the most spectacular and unforgettable fireworks display.
First, you need to look through local ads or internet sites about upcoming fireworks events. Check the accuracy of the schedule and communicate with the organizer so your preparation won’t go to waste.
Preparing your camera
It is important to be at the location earlier than the scheduled start of the fireworks display. This will give you plenty of time to set up your camera and take as many practice shots as possible. By doing this, you can determine if the camera has its optimum exposure settings already. You can also check out all the other aspects for taking great fireworks shots without feeling the pressure or the need to hurry up.
Instead of zooming in to your particular subject, set the focal length of your camera at 50mm or wider. Opt for an infinity mode to get the most out of pictures even when it is pitch black all around. Flash mode would be useless at these times.
Take as many shots as possible to get different perspectives of the fireworks display. This will also give you the chance to work on possible themes during the editing process.
The right location
Stay away from well-lit spots. Car lights, street lamps, and other sources of lighting are recipes for picture disasters. You want to put all the emphasis on each firework in the sky so the place where you have set up your camera should be pitching black. Of course, you have to feel safe while concentrating on taking the shots so you won’t lose or damage any of your valuable camera pieces.
But even with the best preparations, there would be challenges along the way like passers-by or other unexpected background distractions. Don’t let frustration get the best of you. It is a normal thing to catch other subject or scenery aside from the fireworks display. Depending on how you look at it, it could still turn out as one of your best shots ever. And since these are candid shots, there is such a balanced contrast between the highly structured nature of the fireworks display and the nonchalance and free-spirited attitude of people around it.
You can prevent your camera from shaking by installing it on a tripod. In these situations where you have to do a lot of craning and looking upward, you need a stable equipment to avoid getting blurred or hazy shots.
Other important materials you have to bring with you are extra batteries and memory cards. You may need to adjust your camera in the dark so don’t forget a flashlight.
How to get the best shots
Set the exposure time to four seconds so you can get two or three great shots for each fireworks display. On the other hand, one to two seconds time exposure should be used during the finale because fireworks at this stage are shown in rapid and continuous basis for a few minutes or so.
If there is a fireworks mode in your digital camera setting, use it for properly capturing all the fine details of the event. A landscape mode is also recommended if there is no fireworks mode.