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Old Jul 3, 2004, 11:33 AM   #1
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Some firework shooting tips for those who are trying for the first time for those who have Point and Shoot and DSLR remember while it is dark outside the fireworks themselves can be quite bright especially the grand finale.
Don't get so excited in the beginning that you fill your card before the grand finale.
Have a check list with you and use it.
Make sure you haven't forgot any of your equipment! you'll be surprised what you can forget to take.

For the Point And Shooters with auto everything its a little harder but if your camera has some controls you will get a few good ones.
Decide on if you want to shoot a wide view or tight close-ups
Do not use digital zoom
Have backup batteries

Extra memory cards
If your camera has RAW mode I suggest using it shoot the highest quality you can also.
#1 Always use a tripod
#2 Avoid camera shake! If your camera has a cable release us it, if not use the timer.
#3 White balance use Auto, Daylight or Tungsten (Raw shooters don't worry about it)
#4 Set your camera to Landscape mode
#5 Exposure: Use low ISO no higher than ISO 200
#6 Methods of shutter speeds or Aperture Priority:
Aperture Priority somewhere between f/8 and f/16 let the camera take care of the shutter speed
Shutter Priority set 1 - 4 sec.
#7 if your camera has noise reduction turn it on.
Have fun

DSLR almost the same but you have more control and a few more option.
Decide on if you want to shoot a wide view or tight close-ups (tight close-ups are considered a little harder but are fun if you've never done it try it)
Have backup batteries
Extra memory cards
If your camera has RAW mode I suggest using it shoot the highest quality you can also.
#1 Always use a tripod
#2 Avoid camera shake! If your camera has a cable release us it, if not use the timer or bulb setting.
#3 White balance use Auto, Daylight or Tungsten (Raw shooters don't worry about it)
#4 If your camera has mirror lock-up use it
#5 Use manual focus at infinity and back off slightly (wait for the first few shots and focus on them) don't change it after it starts.
#6 Exposure: Use low ISO no higher than ISO 200
#7 Methods of shutter speeds or Aperture Priority:
Aperture Priority somewhere between f/8 and f/16 let the camera take care of the shutter speed
Shutter Priority set 1 - 4 sec.
#8 if your camera has noise reduction turn it on.
Have fun
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