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Old Dec 30, 2006, 7:34 PM   #1
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I want to film the local fireworks tonight when the new year comes in. Ive done it once before but I cant find my originals and cant remember what settings I used. Do any of you guys have good settings for fireworks? Im going to use the 50mm F1.8 lens on my canon 30D, could I use my 70-200 F4L lens for fireworks. Im told this would be no good for fireworks
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To save someone else digging up the info I have added the same post as I did for this question in the Q&A section, however I have just realised that I didn't say that the settings were not definitive as you could go for ISO100 and F8 for example but for me these worked well.

Here is a post that I made just over a year ago with fireworks and I have included the exif in it..... http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=90

The focal length to use will depend on the distance you are from the display (actually it is down to the angle made between the ground and the height of the fireworks but that is probably being pedantic), but usually you will be too close for the 70-200 and possibly even the 50mm. I used 18mm when I shot fireworks as shown above.

Hope you get some great shots.

Happy New Year!!!!!
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Old Dec 30, 2006, 9:15 PM   #3
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Here is a post that I made just over a year ago with fireworks and I have included the exif in it..... http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=90
You mentioned that you used bulb setting but how do you determine how long to keep the shutter open without over or underexposing it??:?
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You mentioned that you used bulb setting but how do you determine how long to keep the shutter open without over or underexposing it??:?
-> You control the exposure with the aperture/ISO
The bulb only serve to capture how much of the firework - i.e. from the ascent or just the final burst (or burts)!

(Make sure to get a wired/remote - It's more important than what lens to use)
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I had it worked out on a timer instead of bulb.50mm F1.8 lens ISO 100 F8 at 4 seconds. pretty happy with what I got on the whole














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You have done a nice job there very tidy!!!

Looks like a good start to the New Year.

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Thanks, kind of hit and miss to start with but worked out well in the end:-)
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-> You control the exposure with the aperture/ISO
The bulb only serve to capture how much of the firework - i.e. from the ascent or just the final burst (or burts)!

(Make sure to get a wired/remote - It's more important than what lens to use)
I think Iunderstand the technique but do you use a light meter or just the histogram to get an estimate of the exposure correctness???

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I had it worked out on a timer instead of bulb.50mm F1.8 lens ISO 100 F8 at 4 seconds. pretty happy with what I got on the whole
Great pictures...

I am curious how you came up with these settings?
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Great pictures...

I am curious how you came up with these settings?
just thinking logic, F8 enough to isolate the firework centrally and sharpest setting, ISO 100 for lack of noise. I started off at 10 seconds working my way down until they looked exposed right
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