Some friends and I went to Belvoir Castle to see the Firework Champions show. It was a chance to for me to get some great photos – when I thought of fireworks I instantly thought: fast shutter speed, hold the camera to point at the big ones. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
You can read lots of ‘how to’s’ but here are 4 tips for any amateur photographer:
- Shutter Speed: put your shutter speed on to ‘bulb’. This is when you open and close the shutter by pressing and repressing/or holding the remote. This way you open the shutter when the firework explodes and close it again when it is at its largest. (You can always leave it open and wait for the next one to get more than one firework in a shot). Don’t over do it though – otherwise it will over expose!
- Use a Tripod and Remote: Because you’ll be leaving the shutter open for a long time the camera needs to be kept as still as possible. So by putting it on a tripod and using a remote you’ve no reason to touch it.
- Low Aperture: This will increase the amount it an focus on preventing blurred fireworks. anything between f7 and f10 should do fine.
- Low ISO: This will help get a sharper image. You want it at about 100.
Using these tips I managed to take some decent shots.