Fireworks Photography Tutorial

Fireworks Photography Tutorial

Photographing fireworks can be fun but for some it can be a frustrating experience. I am going to outline a considered approach that works every time and cuts out the guesswork using an ancient and invaluable technique employing a piece of card as the shutter. Firstly, mount the camera on a tripod, attach the cable release or set up the infra-red/bluetooth control and focus manually at an estimated distance from where the fireworks will burst. If all else fails, just back from infinity will do. Set the lens to a short focal length (wide angle). Now take a look and accurately compose your photograph. Set the ISO to 400 and the aperture to f/11. Select ‘Bulb’ on the shutter speed dial. Take the 20cm x 20cm black card that you bought with you out of your pocket and place it in front of the lens. Open the shutter with your release. Observe the launch of the next firework and remove the card just before it explodes. After the burst quickly replace the card in front of the lens avoiding the trailing embers. I have come to the conclusion that the optimum amount of bursts on one image is three (that’s not set in stone), so repeat the process using the card twice more and close the shutter. If the first image is over or under-exposed open or close the aperture by one stop. Richard Bishop

Fireworks Photography Tutorial shrewsbury school of photography
Fireworks Photography Tutorial shrewsbury school of photography