We’ll move on to find out when I got the following idea for clicking that picture + how can you shoot it + a bonus tip.
As Bonus, youwould have a look at creating a long exposure shot using a Sparkler.
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On the Occasion of Diwali
Diwali stands half-done without some crackers.
I don’t burst firecrackers! However, I used to do this throughout my teenage years.
Now, I just view those rockets twinkling the sky & photograph, most importantly.
Diwali and Fireworks, do you understand what I am indicating?
Y’all are precise!
Diwali remained the time when I got to photograph a firework photo.
Since I live with my grandparents and all 365 days including, leap year, they resemble the same. Similarly, my enthusiasm also faded slowly and firmly to celebrate whatever festivity.
As I mentioned beforehand that as a teen, I stayed excited to fly kites approaching Independence Day, burst a cracker on Diwali, etc.
Consequently, we travel to a relative’s house to rejoice Diwali, and that too when they forcefully urge us to proceed.
So, as I told you, we go when relatives call us forcibly, plus the same happened on the instant of Diwali that year.
Now, anywhere I travel, I have a camera with me. In most cases, it’s with me, even when I’m not exploring.
The Diyas were shining all around.
My cousin and I decided to move to the terrace and take pictures of those fireworks.
This time I was carrying a tripod.
I have written further covering firework photography settings. Inevitably, you’ll be all apt to do so, although some patience will be required.
Therefore, we would discuss that in the succeeding stages.
Hence, being decided, we finished up lighting the Diyas and went straight to the terrace with tripods and cameras.
The rockets were touching the sky. That’s why they are called skyrockets.
Do you consider it was that straightforward to simply view the fireworks and snap?
I lift the curtains from the impediments –
I had to shoot manually because the autofocus was not selecting the fireworks. Accordingly, several photos just went to set on the specific manual setting required.
I was continually glancing at the sky.
The live mode remains on, which indicates that the battery will run out quickly, and we don’t know when we’ll get one fine firework photo.
Several fireworks that happened were also not satisfactory.
Forget the obstacles!
This time I decided if and but are not allowed.
I wanted that firework photos and wanted them badly.
Now, whatever the odds, I will manage them.
As a result, one following the other, I was goofing opportunities. The pictures were also coming out blurry.
That Approaching Moment
The level of tolerance was also on the verge of getting drained.
Also, I saw fireworks on one side. As quickly as I pressed the shutter release to capture, it was over.
I pointed my camera at the same space with the expectation that the fireworks would appear repeatedly.
I was ready.
And that was a moment for me to cherish!
I got some fair-looking firework photos.
I felt like –
It should be published as the best shot belongs to the pictures of that magnificent firework.
I was not reviewing the pictures taken on the spot properly. Alternatively, doing an overview.
However, I had a feeling that I took 1-2 nice-looking shots, and when reviewing the photos, it appeared the same.
All the rest of the pictures were blurry and not close to the acceptance point except for 2 photos.
For that particular moment, I was satisfied.
Now, you will see the required settings for fireworks photography.
Firework Photography Settings Required
You’ll be working with a triangle, but don’t worry, it’s not trigonometry. I found trigonometry very complicated, so forget it. Haha!
But, you’ll be working with the camera exposure triangle, which means controlling Aperture, ISO, plus Shutter speed. Somehow, if you figure it out, the next thing you need to get into photography is Practice.
Passion will get you started & Practice will make you perfect.
Things Required for Shooting a Firework Photography
There are lots of things required. If that is something you are considering, then I have listed down the essentials –
A DSLR/Phone with a camera
Lots of Patience + Balanced Madness
I would describe each of the essentials in brief –
The fireworks usually happen at night. I cannot indeed imagine capturing fireworks during daylight.
I would be talking about the pictures taken with DSLR.
During the night, the camera needs enough light to shoot the subject.
That light comes from either balancing the exposure triangle or utilizing an external flash.
The effectiveness of external flash becomes null here because you don’t want the surroundings to light up collectively. However, editing is a different ball game.
You need to allow ample light to enter the camera through Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed.
You should not increase the ISO as it will make the picture grainy in the end. Hence that too is canceled. You will keep the ISO as low as possible.
Aperture controls depth, and it just won’t be enough to get the light needed to get admirable-looking firework photos.
Shutter speed will perform an essential character here, as in most cases, Aperture and ISO will remain constant.
Since the fireworks continue moving, and you need to increase the shutter speed in seconds to get that decent capture.
Therefore, you will need a tripod as you cannot accept camera movement that will ruin the picture.
Huff, so a tripod is a necessity!
I hope you understood.
2. A DSLR/Phone with a camera
A DSLR camera has a manual mode. Confirmed!
Now, in the rapidly changing world of technology, a phone camera has a manual mode too.
Also, in a phone camera, you cannot set the Aperture. I am sure there will be growth in the years to come.
It depends on your preferences, including where you want to use that shot. That will primarily determine the choice between a DSLR camera or a phone camera.
3. Lots of Patience + Balanced Madness
If you have the above two things with the required knowledge. However, if you couldn’t take that shot. Ditto, I think you should blame this point.
I think it’s remarkably significant in any field. It’s not visible from the outside, barely trust me –
I am hoping that the details are brilliantly clear to you’ll.
Ideal Firework Photography Settings
Manual mode, no doubt in that!
I had tried and tested various shutter speeds to get that decent shot.
The ISO should be retained as low as possible. Hence, 100-200.
The Aperture should be caught at the sharpest f/no of your lens, possibly f/8 or f/9. You can make necessary corrections and play with numbers as needed. The rest depends on the lens you will use if the DSLR.
Shutter speed should be in bulb mode.
What is Bulb Mode?
Bulb mode is indicated as B on the shutter dial. It can be used creatively in long-exposure photography. When you’re in bulb mode, you’ll need to hold the shutter for as long as you want and then release the shutter.