Cracking Fireworks are synonymous with the celebration. It is of utmost importance to portray the joy of this celebration in fireworks photographs. But it is not easy to incorporate emotions in these photos as it seems, as clicking good Fireworks photographs is a challenging task in itself. You need to take care of the camera settings, and composition, and if it's a crowded place, struggle to avoid camera shake too. To excel in such difficult work, you must follow the tips of experts who have gathered practical knowledge on it during their photography journey. In this article, you will learn about 3 such tips.
Top 3 Tips To Click Amazing Firework Photographs
Visit The Location In Advance
You should visit the location where the fireworks will take place in advance, and gather as much information about the place as possible. It will help you decide your position beforehand and prepare your shoot accordingly. Calculate the distance from the place of the launch of the fireworks and your preferred location to guess if you will get the right view from that position or not. Also, you should check the weather forecast before heading to shoot for the day. If the weather is forecasted to be adverse, you will need to modify your plan accordingly. Arrive at the place at least a couple of hours ago on the day of shooting to avoid crowds while setting up your gear. Plan about the elements that you want to add to your fireworks photo to add more dimensions to it. It may be other people, trees, or anything you like about the place where the event is going to take place.
Have The Right Settings
Firstly, shoot in manual mode. Shooting in manual mode allows you to control your camera settings fully. It is especially important to manually set the focus and exposure. Some cameras have in-built fireworks mode in them. Experts usually recommend setting a large f-number for shooting fireworks. If you shoot at a low-light condition and see that the shots are getting too dark, lower the f-number. Usually, experts recommend the shutter speed to a minimum of 1/20. You should shoot fireworks in quick bursts to get a good shot. Put the ISO low, as the fireworks will brighten the sky. You can set it to around 100 or 200 for the best results. If you are using a fast shutter speed, you may set the ISO high.
Vary Your Composition
Unlike other things, the composition cannot be planned in advance as a fireworks display in the sky is something that cannot be guessed ahead. However, you can take some steps to get a good composition. Firstly, alter the angles frequently, if possible. Depending on your distance from the firework display, you can click more than one fireworks together in the sky. As mentioned earlier, you can also include other elements in the photo too. If you are totally unsure about which composition to use, go with the one that fits all photography genres- the rule of thirds. But keep in mind that you need to be flexible enough with composition. Even if you are using a tripod, try changing your position if possible. Switch between wide-angle and close-up lenses and break the monotony.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.