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Fireworks!

Fourth of  July - Helena!

Fourth of July – Helena!

Photographing fireworks is fun but does take some planning. Here are some tips to capturing fireworks images that you’ll be happy to share!

I got these tips from Nikon’s page and have used these same tips for my own photography.

1. Use a tripod. (Notice that there is no alternative to this!)
2. Use cable release or wireless remote if you have one
3. Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction
4. Shoot the highest quality you can. Raw is ideal (The two cameras I use have different names for raw…Nikon calls raw files NEF. Fuji calles raw files RAF)
5. Use a low ISO ie., 100 or 200
6. You may use different apertures to get the image you want, but start with f/11.
7. You will not use a set shutter speed. Instead, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even leave the shutter open for multiple bursts. (See my image for an example)
8. Turn off autofocus – manually focus your lens to infinity.
9. Have fun!! (I added this one!)

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