Taking photos of fireworks can be an interesting task because the fireworks are bright but they take some time to take shape.

So here is the problem.. 

Well normally because you are photographing something that is bright your shutter speed has to be short or the image is overexposed, however as fireworks are an explosion they take a few second to take shape, so to capture this you need a longer exposure.

There are a few ways in which you can do this but all of them take a little playing around and all require a tripod.

So tonight when you head out to Skyfire put your camera on manual try this setting as a starting base.

  • Shutter: 6 seconds
  • Aperture:  f22
  • ISO 400
  • Ensure you have turned off your flash.

Just before the fireworks explode push your shutter and it should be open long enough to capture the entire fireworks as it expands out through the sky.

Skyfire 2011

Photographing fireworks can be tricky but well worth the effort

As the fireworks get whiter and brighter toward the end you will have to adjust your camera a little any change your ISO so it is around 200 or maybe even 100, but be ready to do this at a moments notice as it will happen all so quickly that you might must miss it… 🙂

Good luck and make sure you send me some of your images.