The fourth of July. My dogs hate it, and I just want to sleep without all the noise. My neighbors enjoy letting some off several nights before the actual day. Oh, well once a year. Beyond that, I just hope people remember what they are genuinely celebrating and the lives lost to get our freedoms.
However, taking pictures of the fireworks is quite the experience. These are from last year when Sharon Scarff and I went to the fireworks display. The hardest part was finding a place to set up the tripod and camera without a lot of people in the way. Next, getting a decent shot in the dark with the camera.
Some tips from the Nikon USA website. I posted the link below. Let’s face it I don’t try to remember and google what I need to.
- Use a tripod.
- Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter if you have one.
- Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction.
- Shoot the highest quality file you can. NEF is ideal.
- Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200.
- A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
- Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts.
- Turn off the autofocus, otherwise, it might have difficulty locking onto focus. Manually focus your lens at infinity.
And you want to have your camera set as much as you can before you start. The time between fireworks is not that long, and you don’t want to miss a good shot. No, not every shot will be a keeper because you don’t know where they are going to appear in the sky. Just relax and have fun with it.
At first, I didn’t know whether I would enjoy taking the photos themselves. It’s hot, and the crowds are large, but a new experience and a chance to see what the camera can do in low light makes it fun. The time will go faster than you think and you will wish they had more to set off. I did use a cable release, bulb, and f11 as suggested. I had a great time, and glad I went out and took the photos. Don’t be afraid to try something new with your camera you will probably be amazed at the results.