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Old Dec 30, 2004, 8:46 AM   #1
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Fireworks. Im taking my digital rebel out to the new year fireworks tomorrow night and have never photographed fireworks manually. Can anyone please give me some Idea of what settings to use (time exposure)
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 11:20 AM   #2
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hey alady...i took some fireworks shots last summer...

there are a couple things you'll want to play with...

you could,find a shutter that gets the nice bloom of the fireworks, and then change the arperture and/or iso to expose it correctly, orrr...

you can take a black card with you, set up on a tripod (a must for fireworks) use the bulb exposure, and lock it open, holding the black card infront of the lens...and pulling the card away for a bit while the fireworks you want to capture are exploding...

i wish i could tell you more, but it's sortof a playing around thing...so just try different settings...probably sticking to ISO 100 so they're clean...

oh, also, remember that each exposure over 1.3 seconds (i think, i'm not positive though) with run a noise reducer, so that doubles the exposure time...

so, if you take a shot with an exposure of 2 seconds, it'll spend two seconds after removing noise...

alright, have fun, play around with settings, and post your results

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Thanks vito, well its already new years eve here an at midnight the fire works start, hubby and I are climbing the biggest hill in town to watch as they are set off over the harbor. I will have to see what I can come up with photo wise.
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sweeet, post your good ones

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I did fireworks during the summer, and I used between 2.5 and 5 sec for shutter, and around f/16 for the aperture. All mine I did at ISO 100. You can see them at my website, the only editing I've done was crop and resize.
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thanks, that gives me a starting point:-)
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