Want to Learn How to Create the Ultimate Fireworks Images This Independence Day?
Here are some tips from Master Photographer Bruce Hudson… and we want to see your results! Email your fireworks images to us via our contact page by Friday July 7th for your chance to win FREE photography classes and even a one on one photography lesson with Bruce, a $300+ value! Good luck and have fun!
Bruce and Josh on Photo Talk Radio NW – Discussing Nature Photography and Photographing Fireworks!
Before the show:
- Get to the location to scout out your options
- Choose an angle that has the best background (city, bridge, etc..) Try NOT shooting to the West
- Make sure there’s no street lights in the area
- Create an 8×10 black card. Black art board of foam core
- Use a heavy (sturdy) tripod
- Try and use a remote to fire the shutter
- Use a slight wide angle to a slight telephoto lens to start (example 24mm- 105mm)
- Set camera on manual
- Set your ISO to 200
- Set your shutter on “Bulb”
- Turn off your AF (Auto Focus) feature on your lens
- Manually focus on infinity
- Set your FStop to f5.6-f8 …. Adjust as needed
Making an Exposure:
- Place the card in front of the lens as close as you can without touching it
- Use the remote to release the shutter (on bulb) the shutter will stay open until you close it via remote
- When you see the firework fired, remove the black card and capture the burst(s)
- You can capture as many bursts as you like
- When you are ready to expose a new frame, close the shutter (via the remote) and repeat the process
The black card act as a secondary shutter. The camera shutter is open, but the card keeps the light out of the camera until you are ready to expose for one or more bursts. It’s like having multiple exposures without having to change the frames! When I first discovered this technic in 1972, it was super cool. At that time no Photoshop, just multiple exposures with darkroom magic. It was fun to try to achieve the darkroom magic just done in camera! The same hold true today…try it without any Photoshop!
- Play around with shooting vertical & horizontal
- Try and shoot early in the show before all the smoke sets in from the fireworks
- Experiment with using longer (telephoto) lenses… Have Fun!