Fireworks are synonymous with celebration. As a photographer, you need to capture the emotions along with the magic of color and light. As fireworks last for only a few seconds, you need to be swift, without disrupting the process. You need to overcome the common problems of night photography too, along with lighting issues. It is a test for your creativity as well as photography skills. But don't worry, in this article, you will learn some valuable tricks to ace the fireworks event.
Here are the top 3 fireworks photography tips for you:-
Plan well before shooting:-
To capture stunning fireworks photographs, you need to aim the camera perfectly, and that requires exhaustive planning before shooting. Survey the location before the event and confirm from where the fireworks would be set up. Mentally calculate which parts of the sky it would be shot into, and choose your ideal position.Consider the crowd that will be there too. On the day of the event, reach the place much ahead of time, and take the position with your camera and tripod as per your plan. After gathering all the necessary information, plan the camera settings too. Also, take a few test shots before the event to check whether the sky is too bright or dark, and adjust the exposure accordingly. Decide whether the framing would be vertical or horizontal. If you want to include many background elements or cityscape, go for landscape, else choose a portrait, which helps to cover the vertical perspective of fireworks.
Keep the ISO low to prevent noise or grain in your photo. It is especially applicable here as you are shooting at night, where the blue color will be dominant in your photos, which hosts noise. 100-200 is a good ISO range for clicking fireworks. You won't require to have long exposures. Though many photographers use the live view option for clicking fireworks, experts don't recommend it, as it drains the battery fast. Fireworks events are usually long, and you don't like to be messed up with the power bank and charging process and miss beautiful shots ( that too if your camera supports one! ). Set the aperture between f/5.6 to f/8, neither too narrow, nor too wide. Try buying a neutral density filter (ND filter) that will help you get well-exposed photos. You can experiment by taking some abstract telephoto shots or incorporating city lights in your photo as well.
Use a tripod:-
You will face a camera shake while shooting fireworks due to the crowd, wind, etc. But keeping the camera steady is required, especially for long exposure shots, to reduce the motion blur. So having a sturdy camera is a must for you. If you have not bought a tripod yet, here is your guide to buying a new one. You can buy a remote release device, and enjoy shooting hassle-free, or, you can opt for the most primitive method of taking photos without touching the camera- i.e. by using a self-timer. But you need to be alert, otherwise, you might miss some great illuminations.
And last but not least- try taking as many photographs as possible at the beginning of the event because later, smoke will cover up the sky and you won't get that much good image.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.