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Take amazing photos by using these Fireworks Photography Tips

Fireworks displays are magical and beautiful. They usually awaken happy and unforgettable memories and that is probably why one of the most asked questions in my workshops is about the tips in Firework Photography.

But in order to be successful in sealing those moments, you will need some specific equipment accompanied by smart techniques.

In this short article I am going to share my favorite techniques. Feel free to share your techniques with us as well.

Happy 150 Canada Day and enjoy Firework Photography this weekend!

Firework Photography Techniques

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Firework Photography Techniques and equipment

I always follow the list below to assure success:

Use a tripod

Due to using a long exposure, you will need a steady tripod to avoid any kind of vibrations while working on taking awesome shots.

Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter

Even when you touch the shutter release, there is a chance of movement. Using a cable release or remote can reduce this risk. If you don’t have a cable release or remote, try to use the self-timer of your camera to minimize the problem.

Use the highest file resolution

The higher resolution format provides smoother and sharper images.

Set the camera to lowest ISO

As you know the high ISO can generate lots of digital noise. So what is the solution here? Setting the camera to its lowest ISO will help in avoiding any extra noise.

Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction

In almost all digital cameras you can turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction. It means that your camera’s processor detects the native digital noise and removes it.

Keep the horizon straight

One thing that you should always consider when lining up fireworks shots is whether your camera is even/straight in it’s framing. This is especially important if you’re going to shooting with a wide focal length and will get other background elements in your shots (such as a cityscape). Keeping horizons straight is something we covered previously on this site and is important in fireworks shots also. As you get your camera on your tripod make sure it’s levelled right from the time you set it up.

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Firework Photography Techniques are simple.

Best Camera Exposure Mode for Fireworks Photography

Instead of choosing a shutter priority, set the camera to Bulb (B), which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you wish. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts.

Aperture f11 usually works the best as it provides enough depth of field and sharpness.

Turn off the autofocus, and manually focus your lens at infinity.

That is all for now. I leave you with some practical tips, which make you ready to take amazing Firework pictures this Canada day.

Stay tuned for more tips. Happy Canada Day

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Use Manual Exposure for Firework Photography
Use Manual Exposure for Firework Photography

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