I wanted to wish everybody a happy 4th of July, as well as show some cool fireworks photos I captured, and give you a few tips so you can do the same for yourself if you're going out to see some fireworks!
- Use a tripod
- Plan to bring a tripod so you can set your camera up and leave it be!
- If possible, bring a cable release to minimize shake.
- A cable release will let you set the camera off without touching it, therefore not creating any shake in these long exposures!
- Shoot at a closed aperture something in the F/11-F/16 range to have sharp images, and allow you to shoot the bright fireworks over a period of time.
- Fireworks are bright! There's no need to open a lens up to f/2.8 or f/4 or anything like that. This also means it doesn't matter what gear you have! All lenses can do this range, so you'll be good to go!
- Shoot fireworks in "bulb" mode.
- This is where you essentially "hold" the shutter down and the photo is being taken for as long as you decide. This is good for those big blasts of fireworks where you need a longer exposure to capture it all.
- Keep your ISO as low as possible!
- I shoot with a D810 for fireworks, so I was able to keep it at 64 ISO, but 100-200 ISO will work. These fireworks are bright! No need to push your ISO at all.
- Shoot wide and with manual focus!
- You are going to want to use a wider lens so you can capture all of the fireworks. I used a 24-70 lens, but something in the 20-50mm range should work. This is also generally something any inexpensive camera can do, so you will be set there! I also recommend setting your focus ring to infinity, and then slightly inside of that. This tends to produce the sharpest results I've found. You may want to mess with it a bit as you go.
Best of shooting!