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jeffmd
06-24-2007, 11:37 AM
seeing as the 4th of july is coming up and me armed with my S3, any guides or tutorials at shooting fireworks? My attempts with my old Powershot a40 were less then successful. ;)

Steve_W_1962
06-24-2007, 12:04 PM
Have a look at some of the threads here (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/search.php?searchid=1436382) :)

You should be able to find some useful tips :)

mcenut
06-24-2007, 12:36 PM
Quick and dirty:

1) Use a tripod. (This is a must!)
2) Set the camera to an aperture of F/8 or F/10.
3) Set the shutter speed to about 15 seconds.
4) Hope for the best.

You can play around with the above settings. But I have had excellent results with the above settings. The shutter speed is long enough to capture 3 to 4 firework bursts in one photo and gives a sense of action.

If you have the option of a remote shutter release, use that too.

If you don't know how to adjust the aperture or shutter on your camera, Read The Manual!

jeffmd
06-24-2007, 01:38 PM
Have a look at some of the threads here (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/search.php?searchid=1436382) :)

You should be able to find some useful tips :)

the link is yielding no matches. ;)

Mcenut, hmm, long exposures are nice, but what about fast exposures to capture what they look like at a particular instant too?

mcenut
06-24-2007, 02:44 PM
Mcenut, hmm, long exposures are nice, but what about fast exposures to capture what they look like at a particular instant too?

Short exposures can work too but don't give up nearly as nice results. You have to increase your ISO settings to something like 400 to capture enough light with a short exposure. Plus you get more camera shake with the shorter exposure.

I have shot the same fireworks (I lived near an amusement park that shot them off every night) using an ISO of 400, an aperture of F/8.0 and a shutter of 2 seconds. But they were not as smooth as the ones shot at a lower ISO of 100 and a 15 second shutter.

I suppose you could use a larger aperture (like F/2.8) to allow more light in. But never having tried that I can't say what results you might get. I'm a fan of smaller apertures to increase the depth of field and make surrounding areas of the photo clear and in focus.

Steve_W_1962
06-25-2007, 10:39 AM
jeffmd, sorry about that, not really sure what's happened there, the link did work the first time I tried it.
Basically, all I did was search 'Tips and Techniques' for 'fireworks', and linked the page showing those results to my earlier post ;)

sjseto
06-25-2007, 12:02 PM
There's a good tutorial here (http://www.photobird.com/learn/top5tipsfireworks.html).

Stephanie

FLiPMaRC
06-29-2007, 09:10 AM
:cool: Check out this article from Adorama ...

http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?article=063006&op=academy_new