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khaz 06-26-2008 5:24 PM

This will be my first time trying to shoot the fireworks on the 4th, and I was looking for some advice on the settings to use. Thanks in advance.

bakes5 06-26-2008 6:51 PM

you will need a DSLR, a tripod, a cable release, a wide angle lens (I used a fisheye last year but was pretty close to the action), and a lawn chair to kick back in. <BR> <BR> Set the camera/tripod up so the fireworks will explode in the field of view. Set the ISO low (~100-200 or so) to reduce the noise. I set my aperture to about 5.6-8 or so. I put the shutter on "bulb" When a new set of fireworks goes up, push the button...when you think you have enough let go. Each exposure was about 4-7 seconds or so. <BR> <BR> This set-up will let you enjoy the fireworks and still get great shots. <BR> <BR> Also, it's fun to sometimes put the shutter on 1/5 second or so and then set the camera on continuous at 5 frames per second. That will give you what you need to animate a firework set. I only did this once last year but I want to try more this year (unless I am stuck on call can't go <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/sad.gif" ALT=":-(" BORDER=0> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a few shots from last year <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakes/sets/72157605838482991/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakes/sets/72157605838482991/</a> <BR> <BR> Anyways, this worked for me and I got way more shots than I thought I would.

Walt 06-27-2008 6:44 AM

It might help if you turn on your long exposure noise reduction too.

bakes5 06-27-2008 5:43 PM

I don't think the long exposure noise reduction will work since it is a dynamic scene with the fireworks exploding and all....a better solution would be a D3 or something that has really low noise

richd 06-27-2008 9:17 PM

You don't need high ISO, it's sorta like shooting the moon. Stopping down helps too. Here's some I did with the 20D at Squaw Valley a few years ago.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/595780.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/595781.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/595782.jpg" alt="Upload">

khaz 06-28-2008 3:24 PM

For a wide angle, is a 28mm going to be enough? I have a 28, 50, 85, 28-135 and a 70-200.

richd 06-28-2008 5:06 PM

That's going to depend on how far away from them you are.

khaz 06-29-2008 4:39 PM

Good point!

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