When photographing fireworks, always have your camera set to manual.
Firework Photography Tips #1 - Set Your Lens Right!
You should also ensure that the AF/ MF switch on your lens is set to "MF". Some Canon lenses have a distant scale printed on the lenses. If your Canon lens has this function, adjust the focus ring to infinity status. Otherwise, have your lens set to "MF" and turn your focus ring clockwise until it stops. You can now shoot fireworks.
You may have your lenses set to "AF" mode only after you have completed shooting the fireworks. If your camera is set to full-auto green zone or auto focus mode, do not expect excellent results.
Firework Photography Tips #2 - Shutter Speed
Conducting fireworks photography while shooting with a long shutter speed of about several seconds will allow you to capture the striking, coulourful light trails of the fireworks as they burst in the sky.
Try experimenting with different lengths of shutter speed to get the ideal firework image you wish to capture - according to your creativity.
Firework Photography Tips #3 - Avoid Camera Shake
A tripod is a helpful gear to use when photographing fireworks. The tripod will assist you at stabilizing your camera. You should also consider using a cable release to make shutter control easier. The benefits of using a cable release will help avoid camera shake in "Bulb" mode.
Firework Photography Tips #4 - Photograph Stunning Images of Fireworks
Combining several fireworks explosions into one picture can look extremely stunning! This can be done by using a long "Bulb" exposure with the shutter maintained at not less than 30 seconds. To accomplish this scene, have your camera set to Manual mode.
To have the shutter to remain opened for as long as you keep the release depressed, all you need to do is to set the shutter speed with the Top-mounted Main Dial until it shows the word Bulb.
Once you have this step done, you can then shoot stunning images of a number of fireworks explosions combined into one picture. There you have it! Try it out and give me some feedback! Enjoy!
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