On Sunday 25th August there was a Monster Fireworks display in Tramore, Co. Waterford. I decided to try and get a few shots having not brought the camera to the Spraoi fireworks display. In this post I outline the technique used I used in taking photos of fireworks and also some photos of the Tramore Amusements Monster Firework Display 2013.
Firework Photos – Technique
For those interested in how I took these fireworks photos, the settings I used were as follows:
- Tripod was used – it’s foolish to try take firework photos without one
- ISO 100
- Full Manual Mode (M)
- Aperture set to between f/11 and f/16
- Lens was 24-105mm Canon L Lens (auto-focus and IS turned off)
- Lens hood was used to block very strong light coming from car-park lights near by
- Lens focused to infinity – tested for sharpness before the fireworks went off
- Shutter Speed 15-20 seconds (I played around with the lengths a bit).
- Finally I used a remote control to trigger the camera so that no tripod shake was induced.
You could also have enabled Mirror Lock-up but I didn’t on this occasion.
Another technique uses black card or foam to block the lens in between shots which is also very effective.
The Resultant Firework Photos
Hope you enjoyed these.