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Photographing Fireworks

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Sarahf966 says:

Hi all,

With the Jubilee and Whitehaven Festival just around the corner I wondered if anyone had any useful tips on photographing fireworks, and where the best locations are in WHitehaven to see then and get decent pics?

Thanks

Sarah
12:15AM, 26 May 2012 PDT (permalink)

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mlwats says:

My pictures from last year, on my photstream.
Fireworks_1
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Dave Wilson Cumbria is a group administrator Dave Wilson Cumbria says:

10 top tips from me;

1) Use a tripod!
Also, If you have one, use a remote shutter release so that you don't transmit vibrations to the camera when you press the shutter release with your finger.

2) Make sure you have a full battery and lots and lots of memory card space (obvious but you'll be surprised!).

3) If your camera struggles to focus in low light, set it up before hand while it's light and switch your lens to Manual focus and don't touch it.

4) Don't use auto modes (including Aperture and Shutter priorities). Use manual.

5) Shooting in raw instead of JPG will give you better pictures. But be aware that raw will use a lot more memory card space and you may need to process each shot individually depending on what software you use.

6) Bias your exposure on the shutter speed, few seconds should be enough for each burst. Adjust the aperture to get the exposure on the fireworks right and use your ISO to control the overall brightness of the scene.

7) Don't use a long exposure because the results will just be a complete mess of whited-out over-exposed-ness. Instead, try to time each main burst from start to finish.

8) Don't be afraid to blend two or more shot together afterwards to get the shot you need.

9) Don't get in anyone's way!

10) Don't forget to enjoy the show! I've shot loads of fireworks where I've concentrated so much on the pictures I didn't get time to enjoy it.

Whitehaven fireworks 4th July
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Sarahf966 says:

Cheers both, am going to attempt it on Friday night I think. Any suggestions as to location?

Sarah
86 months ago (permalink)

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Dave Wilson Cumbria is a group administrator Dave Wilson Cumbria says:

It's up to you really; the upper parts (from the Candlestick to the Duke Pit Fan House) get you a great view over everything. At the dock-side I'd recommend going anywhere between the Sugar Tongue (outside Zest) to the Bulwark Quay (the blue marina gates). But make sure you get there early because it's BUSY!!!
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