Fire in the Sky & Tips to Shoot Fireworks
As you all may know it was a long weekend for us and a wonderful one at that with a much-needed break on my part. Sunday was Canada Day and in the evening my husband and I headed down to The Beaches to watch the annual Canada Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay. When we arrived the boardwalk was wall to wall people but I headed straight for the shoreline to set up for the fireworks. To be honest this was the first time that I’ve shot fireworks so I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of time to set up and get into position. The biggest bonus of the night…a full moon.
Tips for Shooting Fireworks
- Get there early to set up while there’s still light
- Use a tripod
- ISO 100 (to ensure minimal noise)
- Set your aperture to f8 or f5.6
- Set your camera to “B” or “Bulb” mode
- Change to manual focus. I wasn’t sure exactly where the fireworks would be so I set my focus to infinity
- Use a cable release to minimize camera shake.
- I found that an exposure of 4 or 5 seconds worked the best. Anything longer then that and my images were blown out especially when there are multiple bursts of fireworks going off.
- Have a flashlight with you so you can check your settings.
- A fireworks display last about 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll have to work quickly so check your images on your LCD to determine if you have to adjust your settings.