8 Factors To Consider While Shooting Fireworks
Low Light Photography
January 1, 2017

Fireworks photography

Fireworks in the night sky look heavenly. To capture and enjoy anything heavenly, you have to pay a price for it. To have a good fireworks photograph, you have to be very aware and agile. This is tricky and challenging but that’s where all the fun lies.



Here are a few of the crucial aspects of fireworks photography.


The location and the environment:


Fireworks photography is not only about you and your camera. The location you are choosing will be vital. Choose a location that is the least crowded. Ensure that there is an upside wind. If there is a downside wind, the smoke from the fireworks will come between your camera and the fireworks, thus spoiling what would otherwise be a perfect shot.


Tripod, batteries and memory cards:


This is a kind of long exposure photography. A tripod is absolutely mandatory to reduce any shakes. Low shutter speeds will consume a lot of power. Carry extra batteries to last the night. Bring a couple of extra memory cards in case you shoot in RAW mode. Carry enough to last the entire show.




Keep your ISO at 100 to avoid any noise. The second best option to avoid noise is to shoot in RAW format and do not exceed ISO more than 640.




For fireworks photography, you need to shoot in manual mode. You will have to set your focus at just below infinity. Use an aperture in the range of f/8 to f/22, depending on your framing.



Shutter speed:


The most crucial setting for fireworks photography is your shutter speed. Lower the speed of your shutter, more the light you are allowing. Think of the fireworks in the night sky. What makes them look fabulous is how they create several patterns in the sky. We can see and enjoy them with our eyes, but with fast shutter speed, your camera won't be able to. Keep a shutter speed of 2-10 seconds to capture the illuminated paths; the fireworks have just created across the night sky.

White Balance:


Keep your white balance to automatic mode while shooting in RAW. This can be adjusted during post-production.




I will recommend using a wide-angle lens rather than a zoom lens. This will help you capture a larger portion of the sky. You can always crop the photograph later.




Framing is perhaps the most crucial aspect of any photography. Fireworks photography is no exception. The tricky thing about this is you are never sure where the fireworks are going to actually explode. Point your camera straight at the horizon in order to include the city backdrop, or a river or any other subject you may find suitable.



Bring out all the creativity from within. Try shooting in the bulb mode. This requires you to keep the shutter button pressed manually for the entire duration, thus giving you a lot of control over the shutter speed. Combine an appropriate shutter speed, an innovative frame, and an apt angle to bring out the best of the fireworks when they explode, with the dark sky in the backdrop.



These are some of the tried and tested methods to click some awesome fireworks. 

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