Different festival celebrations provide a new opportunity for fireworks photography, still there are very few people who consider this worthwhile. For some festivals, fireworks are essential and also on some special occasions, when fireworks may be set off including weddings. However, by following some essential guidelines, you may get some satisfactory shots of fireworks.
The most essential thing to remember in fireworks photography is that it’s all about trying out, practice and experimentation. It is often a matter of frequent camera setting adjustments and trialing. Here are some guidelines and tips to help you get started.
Firstly, for fireworks photography, one needs to use a tripod and remote to click the camera since the camera needs to be steady for several seconds without shaking. Secondly, set the ISO as low as 100 or 200 to reduce the noise in the picture. Remember that long exposures tend to increase noise and require low ISO setting.
Thirdly, set the exposure time for a few seconds but keep on reviewing the image and adjusting exposure time. Fourthly, focus your lens beforehand and then turn off auto-focus to avoid blurry fireworks images. If the situation is such that you require more exposure time, make use of a neutral density filter.
Therefore, one has set your basic digital camera on the programme or manual mode for exposure time of a few seconds and set your aperture to F/5.6 or F/8. Remember that the light streaks are controlled by the size of the aperture. Try both apertures with shutter speed between one to ten seconds.
If you have a polarizing filter, begin with a camera setting of ISO 100, f/10, 1 second. However, with longer exposure time, the light trails will be longer and also add value to the picture.