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Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       07-01-2009, 10:18 AM Reply   
Going to try and shoot some fireworks on the 4th. Any tips?
Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       07-01-2009, 10:45 AM Reply   
Use a tripod
Old    wakejjboard12            07-01-2009, 11:56 AM Reply   
I found this site earlier in the week. I'm a total noob but maybe some of this will still be helpful...

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       07-01-2009, 1:30 PM Reply   
Jessica, nice find, thanks for the link.
Old    Russell (xcharrier)      Join Date: Jul 2002       07-01-2009, 2:24 PM Reply   
Certainly use a tripod and I find that using a remote shutter release helps a ton. With the remote shutter release you can put it on bulb exposure and experiment with exposures (usually 2 to 10 seconds). I'll hit the remote as the fireworks are going up and then release it after they've fallen a good ways.
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       07-01-2009, 5:39 PM Reply   
Tripod, check
Remote, check
Bulb exposure, check

Manual or AF?

Thanks everyone, looking to playing around with it this weekend.
Old    Chad Grenier (hkysk8r187)      Join Date: May 2004       07-01-2009, 7:09 PM Reply   
Use manual focus and set it to infinity.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-01-2009, 9:22 PM Reply   
Randy - post processing can really help get rid of any glare on the smoke by crushing the blacks.
Old    Jon Hunter (hunter660)      Join Date: Aug 2007       07-02-2009, 6:15 AM Reply   
I got my first SLR last year right before the 4th and that was one of the first times I used it. Here is what I came away with.

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The best advice I can give to you is know what your fireworks are going to do and where they are going to be.
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       07-02-2009, 7:09 AM Reply   
Nice shots Jon, I really like the 3rd one down. Thanks for the input everyone.
Old    D C (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       07-02-2009, 8:20 AM Reply   
How about aperature and ISO?
Old    Russell (xcharrier)      Join Date: Jul 2002       07-02-2009, 8:54 AM Reply   
I personally go 100 ISO and between f/8 and f/16.
Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       07-02-2009, 8:57 AM Reply   
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Old    Russell (xcharrier)      Join Date: Jul 2002       07-02-2009, 9:03 AM Reply   
Here is an old one I did:

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Old    wakejjboard12            07-02-2009, 12:40 PM Reply   
^^^^ Thats a really sick shot. So does everyone use bulb? I'm curious as to how long I need to leave the shutter open if I do. I don't wanna over expose.
Old    Chad Grenier (hkysk8r187)      Join Date: May 2004       07-02-2009, 12:49 PM Reply   
Just experiement. I usually use bulb and open the shutter when I see a firework start to go up then let it burst and fade out before closing the shutter. It's hard to overexpose when you're shooting a black sky at ISO 100, you can get good exposure anywhere from 3-30 seconds
Old    wakejjboard12            07-02-2009, 1:14 PM Reply   
Thanks!
Old    Mike R (madriding1)      Join Date: Sep 2008       07-02-2009, 1:21 PM Reply   
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