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Skyrockets influenced me quite a few times for shooting firework photos.

Not simply any firework photos though a pleasing one too.

Party capital Goa appeared like an excellent place for fireworks photography during New Year’s Eve.

You grasp that Goa beaches are ideal for shooting the night sky, especially during firecracker celebrations.

Eye-Soothing location!

I comprehend that everyone should live life without ifs plus buts,

I noticed these two terms if and but become a hindrance in photographing fireworks in Goa. Like here –

  • During that time, I was Volunteering in Goa & couldn’t proceed outside far away at midnight.
  • I did not have the tripod to shoot the firework photos.

Eventually, I dropped that thought there & went to sleep after that!

Although, the thirst to click it hadn’t gone.

Keep your inner thirst alive forever

We’ll find out when I get the following idea for clicking that picture + how can you shoot it, + a bonus tip. As Bonusyou would understand how to use a sparkler to create a long exposure shot.

Moreover, you can view 10 photo ideas for Instagram.

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 view those rockets twinkling in the sky & photograph them, most importantly.

Diwali and Fireworks, do you understand what I am indicating?

You 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 in Diwali when they forcefully urge us to proceed.

Haha!

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 Moment

The Diyas was 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. You’ll be all apt to do so, although you will require some patience.

Therefore, we will 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.

Confidently!

Barrier Around

Do you consider it straightforward to view the fireworks and snap?

I lift the curtains from the impediments –

  1. I had to shoot manually because the autofocus was not selecting the fireworks. Accordingly, several photos just went to set on the required manual setting.
  2. I was continually glancing at the sky.
  3. The live mode remains on, which indicates that the battery will run out quickly. So we don’t know when we’ll get one fine firework image.
  4. 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 to expect the fireworks to appear repeatedly.

Guess Something?

And the Best Shot Goes... Any Guesses? To Spectacular Firework Photos

Fireworks happened!

I was ready.

And that was a moment for me to cherish!

I got some fair-looking firework photos.

I felt,

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.

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.

But,

Keep the hunger to continue bettering yourself present.

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.

Just reminder,

Passion will get you started & Practice will make you perfect.

So, here’s the thing,

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 –

  1. A Tripod
  2. A DSLR/Phone with a camera
  3. Lots of Patience + Balanced Madness

I would describe each of the essentials in brief –

1. Tripod

The fireworks usually happen at night. I cannot indeed imagine capturing fireworks during daylight.

I will be talking about the pictures taken with a DSLR.

During the night, the camera needs enough light to shoot the subject.

That light comes from 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.

It would help if you allowed ample light to enter the camera through Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed.

It would help if you did not increase the ISO, making the picture grainy. Hence that too is canceled. Instead, 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 understand.

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 a DSLR camera or a phone camera.

3. Lots of Patience + Balanced Madness

Suppose you have the above two things with the required knowledge; however, you couldn’t take that shot. Then, 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 –

When Patience and Madness go hand in hand, ability hits hard.

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. Then, 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 in DSLR

Bulb mode stands indicated as B on the shutter dial. The bulk way can use it 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.


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You have to decide how many seconds you need the shutter to remain open.

For e.x – You can begin with a 5-sec shutter speed and then continue further, like 6 sec, and so on.

Firework Photo
Shutter Speed (using bulb mode) – 7.1s, ISO-200, Aperture – f/8, Focal Length – 55mm

It concludes that the required firework photography setting would be – Shutter Speed ​​- Bulb Mode, Aperture – f/8 – f/9, ISO – 100-200.

So, I believe you would be able to take a cracking shot.

Seek to enjoy the entire process.

Now it’s time for the bonus section, which I would love to discuss.

Let’s see how to use Sparklers in a long exposure shot.

Using a Sparkler to Create a Long Exposure Shot

In Sky Firework Shots, you couldn’t make significant changes to the subject. However, whereas the Sparkler will be under your control, you can gradually apply your artistic talent.

From Sparklers, you can create a long exposure –

Circle, Rectangle, Write a name, etc.

Likewise, you can see that I had created a circle using a Sparkler.

Made Using Sparkler

As I suggested earlier, you can commence with the respective settings for the firework photos. i.e

Shutter speed – Bulb mode, Aperture – f/8 – f/9, ISO – 100-200.

OR

Shutter speed – 8-9sec, Aperture – f/7-f/8, ISO – 100-200

So, the long exposure is more regarding the creative use of light. And it’s up to you what you need as a result.

Remain creative!

Whatsoever be the end outcome.

Don’t forget to enjoy the process of creation.

That’s it!

I hope you have found it enlightening.

If you like it, let me know your thoughts.

Tuta hein phir ek tara,
Aye ga na yeh mauka dobara,

Toh dekh lo
Jee bhar ke,

Kyuki aaega na yeh mauka dobara.

About Author

Vansh Tiwari is a passionate traveler who explores every corner. Then, he presents his vision in images and writing. Further, he loves long walks along the roadside!

5 Comments

  1. I tried this last Diwali. One of my neighbour kid has left 2 cracker and that time I didn’t know what shutter speed will be better for this and tried to capture but failed to get good result. After that I learnt manual mode for firework and am waiting for next Diwali hahaha. This blog also helped me to understand about my mistakes.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thought! Learning is hardly 20% of the target achieved, patience + madness! Haha! Hope you would able to get some good shots this November.

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