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First Attempt

By rburnage  
So in all my years of photography I've never tried capturing fireworks before. My first attempt and from the whole display I guess I got 3 or 4 decent shots. This is one, so constructive critique would be welcome

Tags: Tripod Fireworks Uk General Berkshire Pangbourne Cable release Fuji X-T3 fujinon 18-55


4 Nov 2018 11:27AM
Wonderful shot, afraid i've no hints as i've not tried myself


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dudler Plus
16 931 1517 England
4 Nov 2018 2:30PM
It works nicely.

The problems are that you need to have the camera aimed at the right area in advance, and to be able to release the shutter just as the firework goes off, with a long enough shutter speed to capture sufficient action.

I found, a couple of years back, that an Olympus function that shows the picture building during a time exposure is useful - and that - if you only want the firework tracks, not hte foreground - you can handhold the camera.

The lower the ISO, the longer the exposure you can achieve, of course - but there is a risk of the frame getting messy if the shutter's open too long!

Consequently, however carefully you set up, there's a deal of luck involved.

You've done really well here, with the foreground figures, the mid-distance group, and the firework tracks, plus some smoke drifting away, unevenly lit by the fireworks, which provide flickery, ever-changing light...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2018 4:14PM
I am poor at this, I admit it. Well over 50 years experience and lousy at firework photography.

This is good and I'm impressed. Well done. shooting plenty of frames, varying settings, is the way. I'm particularly interested in the XT-3 as a real Fuji fan. I have 5 Fuji bodies and 7 lenses = a superb system in my opinion. The XT=3 looks very interesting.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2089 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2018 7:51PM
An impressive shot, Rob, especially considering it's your first attempt. Many try this and fail. Much of firework photography is trial and error, but when you get it right, it's extremely rewarding.

Watch your results immediately, so that you allow a break to correct any exposure or composition errors along the way.
The biggest difficulty is the fireworks' unpredictability. How big will it be? How bright will it be? Watch the displays for a while so that you can judge the best spot. John is right, aim the camera in the place where you are fairly sure it will explode.

Then there's the timing, and the drifting of the smoke. You did very well here.
It's good to include the people, it grounds the action, and it helps the viewer to feel involved. It also gives a sense of perspective and dimension.
In those 4 seconds you managed to capture a good sharp triple display, with no burnt out white areas, and your vertical format was ideal for this shot. You also got the whole of the bursts inside your frame.

You can try to keep the ISO low because you're shooting bursts of light, and can get away with it. Don't be tempted to increase exposure compensation because you don't want to lighten the sky.


5 Nov 2018 8:42AM
Thanks all - Most of the shots I took were not worth processing, but I got about 4 or 5 good shots in total. You have confirmed that my approach matched your suggestions so I guess it's just a matter of practice now.
dudler Plus
16 931 1517 England
6 Nov 2018 8:11AM
I will add - if you are not concerned about foreground details, hand-holding and following hte action with the camera works - though this is hard with any camera where the viewfinder blacks out during exposure. An optical viewfinder on a compact, or an auxiliary viewfinder are possible ways to do it, apart from literally blind guesswork with a DSLR or EVF body.

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