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Wanted fireworks settings
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:07:41 AM »

Once again July 4th is coming.
Once again I try to make that masterpiece out of the fireworks.
I will be this year in a great location, almost perfect.
Shooting with the coastal city lights as my background.

What are your favorite settings?
ISO / Shutter speed / Aperture?



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Re: Wanted fireworks settings
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 04:26:25 AM »


This was shot using manual focus F11.0, 5 Seconds and 100ISO.

Happy 4th July.

Simon Harper
Harper Photographics Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand


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Re: Wanted fireworks settings
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 09:07:34 PM »

iso 100 to 400, and blub, just leave the shutter open for a few seconds, then shut etc.  If you don't move the camera, you can easily combine several exposures to combine multiple bursts.  Can do it even if you slightly move the camera.  F5.6 to F8 for me.  Lens Nikon 24-70 or 24-120.

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Re: Wanted fireworks settings
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2014, 03:02:11 PM »

I know this is late...

Depending on your location and what you are trying to achieve, Neutral Density.  ND helps tame errant lights.  If you are shooting into the sky and just capturing the fireworks, it can help tame some starlight. 

I normally try putting something in front like a fountain, statue, memorial, building, etc.   It is usually something purpose lit at night.   ND helps eliminate inevitable stray lights in the frame and tame local light and allow really long exposures.  Alternately you can really silhouette something against a large firework display background.  This is challenging because you never really know what you are getting until after.  Makes it fun though!  Sometimes you get the spectacular!

Obviously, a tripod and remote release method are required.

I've used up to ND1000, 10 stops of ND at ISO 100 and f/7.1.

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Re: Wanted fireworks settings
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2014, 06:43:35 PM »

2.5 seconds at f/16 worked.
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