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    Re: July 4 Fireworks first (failed) attempt - need tips and suggestions

    If you were holding the shutter open with your finger on the shutter release, it is nearly impossible to avoid camera shake. A wired remote shutter is $10 or so, and will help a great deal. The first time is always a learning experience.


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      Re: July 4 Fireworks first (failed) attempt - need tips and suggestions

      Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
      I think even a good tripod will shake if you are holding your finger on the button during the entire exposure.
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      Re: July 4 Fireworks first (failed) attempt - need tips and suggestions

      Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
      I think even a good tripod will shake if you are holding your finger on the button during the entire exposure. If I did not have a remote, I would go with manual mode and let the camera do the timing by setting a long shutter speed. Then you will only shake the camera when you first touch the button. It is not the best, but your hand will be off the camera for most of the exposure. A 5 to 10 second exposure timed by the camera is a good start.

      Thank you so much for the tips!

      You can practice on just a regular night scene without fireworks. Start with iso 100 and a 5 second exposure at f14 and see what you get. Lower the f stop if the result is too dark. If it is too bright, I probably would lower the time rather than going above f14. Get a feel for the settings needed to make a nice night scene with the buildings just barely visible. For fireworks, you can try it right there or you can tighten the aperture to black out the scenery and get better exposure on the fireworks. Practice night scenes a few times and you will be able to quickly react to fireworks and find good settings easily. You could also find a city street and practice getting car light trails.

      This sounds about right. I will practice shooting the night scene.

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      Wow! Those are awesome.

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      July 4 Fireworks first (failed) attempt - need tips and suggestions
      Ditto on the shutter release. That plus practice and you'll get better and better. Here's one from a buddy's party last Saturday.

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      July 4 Fireworks first (failed) attempt - need tips and suggestions
      Thank you for the words. Wow, this shot is amazing!

      Quote Originally Posted by singlerosa View Post
      Ditto on the shutter release. That plus practice and you'll get better and better. Here's one from a buddy's party last Saturday.

      July 4 Fireworks first (failed) attempt - need tips and suggestions-j75_4456.jpg

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      July 4 Fireworks first (failed) attempt - need tips and suggestions


      I tried a different technique this weekend where you start out of focus and then focus. Itís not the best Iíve seen, but I guess they turned out okay.


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      They are awesome photos. I have long way to go!





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