Technique: Shooting Fireworks
On the Fourth of July, fireworks are in order. With an easy technique, you can get professional-looking shots of the bursts. You'll need a tripod, camera that allows manual adjustments, and a cable release (to avoid jarring the camera). This will work with either film or digital cameras:Place the camera on the tripod. Watch at least one firework explosion to see where in the sky they take place.
Set the aperture to f/5.6.
Attach a remote release. (This isn't absolutely necessary, but you do run the risk of adding blur to the final image if you're pressing the button on the camera.)
Set the shutter so that it will stay open until you release it. Depending on the camera and setting, this could mean that you either press the remote release twice, with the second time closing the shutter, or you press and hold it to keep the shutter open and release it to close the shutter.
Listen for the sound of the next firework going up. When you hear it, open the shutter and keep it open until the burst is complete.
Close the shutter.
Make sure that the lens you're using covers the area in the sky with a little room to spare, because you probably don't want to cut off parts of the image.
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