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  1. #1
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    Fireworks and Parade questions

    Im getting ready to go to disney for a couple days witht he family. We go there alot and have never seen the christmas lights. So i have 3 main questions. whats the best way to shoot the lights. Obviously at night so i assume no flash. And lets remember im new a pretty much an idiot with this stuff so please make it easy to understand. Dumb it down alot lol. Also i will be shooting the fireworks so again flash no flash. And also the parade which they turn all the lights out and the parade has lights all over it im sure alot of you have seen. I dont no how much detail you need. Please help and givre me some tips and again please dont assume anything im an idiot i no this so i will take all advice.

    As most of you no i have the a350 and the 18-250 sony lense

    i look forward to sharing some of my work while im there and also when i get back so dont hold back i want all the secrets

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    Fireworks about f8, 4 seconds, ISO 200. Adjust as needed. Check out the exif (properties) info on the images in the fireworks thread.

    It's pretty easy to take a couple of tests and adjust settings as needed. I would start at about 1/30 sec, f5.6, ISO 400.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
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  3. #3
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    You have to have a tripod for shooting fireworks! It's a must!

    As for the parade at night, probably going to want a tripod as well :\ but it might not be necessary if you bump up the ISO on your camera and use the lowest aperture possible throughout the range of the lens.

    Good luck!
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    was looking for you guys to dumb this down anymore suggestions please

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    Here's a link or two from some earlier suggested settings.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Here are the fireworks settings ...

    Camera Mode: "M" Manual Mode (absolutely not other way)
    Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec to 1 sec, usually serves the best for fireworks
    Aperture: f/3.5-4.5
    ISO: 200 to offer the best saturation
    Manual Focus, set to infinity ... not autofocus.

    No flash, as one might expect.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-23-2008 at 08:10 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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