Corbin Elliott Photography, Denver Photographer

Lighting and FireWorks Camera Settings Part 2


Fireworks camera settings and how to shoot in Part 1 Lighting and FireWorks Camera Settings we covered the equipment that would be required so on to the shooting.

Fireworks shooting and Camera Settings Denver Photography

Fireworks shooting and Camera Settings
Denver Photography

This shot was actually taken with a Canon Rebel and the Kit lens 18-55mm. So you really don’t need the “pro-sumer” style cameras to get some really spectacular shots. Remember Focus once and turn off auto focus, check your images every once in a while to make sure you still have good focus. 🙂

Camera settings.
Manual mode
Drive Mode: One Shot (Click when you hear the shell coming out of the tube and watch the trail going up.)
AF (Auto focus off) MF (Manual Focus)
ISO : 400
Shutter Speed: 3 sec
Aperture : f/22
Lens 18-55mm set at 18mm

Now you can zoom in and out depending on where you are in reference to the actual bursts to get foreground interest or just the burst of light.

4th Of July with the Colorado Rapids, Flowers In the Sky

With a change of settings you can get a little creative too and have some blur that does not look like camera shake.

Camera settings.
Manual mode
Drive Mode: One Shot (Click when you hear the shell coming out of the tube and watch the trail going up.)
AF (Auto focus off) MF (Manual Focus)
ISO : 160
Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec
Aperture : f/9
Lens 17-50mm set at 32mm

Fireworks at dicks sporting goods park

For a little more foreground interest with the Dick’s Sporting Good Board in the front. Got to watch the tripod while you are shooting even the smallest moment will cause your lines to be jagged.

Camera settings.
Manual mode
Drive Mode: One Shot (Click when you hear the shell coming out of the tube and watch the trail going up.)
AF (Auto focus off) MF (Manual Focus)
ISO : 100
Shutter Speed: 4 sec
Aperture : f/11
Lens 17-50mm set at 17mm

Scott Kelby one of the photographers I aspire to be as good as also created a tutorial as well you may want to look at.
How to Take Awesome Fireworks Photos This Fourth of July
He suggests a longer lens for the bursts.. as well as similar settings, but leaves the ISO out .. I would suggest 100-400 but you will have to play around with the settings to get what you like.

Go have fun and shoot most cities have 2 different shows this year on the 3rd and the 4th so you have more than one chance to get the shot. 🙂

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  1. Pingback: Lighting and FireWorks Camera Settings Part 1 | Denver Photographer Co

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