6TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION.

5 Tips for shooting firework displays

 

If you’re going to the 6th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition at the SM Mall of Asia and you’re planning on taking photos of the colorful fireworks, then you must take note of these basic tips when shooting firework displays.

6TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION.
6TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION.

#1 Bring your tripod

Actually, you can do fireworks photography without the aid of a tripod if you have a firm grip and steady hands. But even with strong arms can sometimes bow down and shake your camera while shooting fireworks. So the best thing to do is to bring your tripod to shoot fireworks with ease.

I am using a Benro T800EX which I bought for only less than Php 1,450 and it’s worth it.

 

#2 It’s not the body or size of lens that matters

Whether you are carrying a full frame or entry level camera; using prime, wide angle, or kit lens, it doesn’t matter.

I used a Nikon D3100 and an 18-55mm kit lens when I took these photos during the Jubilee Fireworks (UK) vs Royal Pirotechnie (Canada) exhibition.

 

#3 Settings

Any well-versed photographer will suggest to select your ISO settings between 100-200 when shooting fireworks. Your shutter opening must be between 3-10 seconds, depending on the images you want to capture. The longer the exposure, the more beautiful the outcome gets.

For the aperture, it’s a choice from f8-f16.

SAMPLE SHOT WITH SETTINGS F/9 WITH A PALM-LIKE STEM CREATED WITH LONGER EXPOSURE - 8 SECONDS.
SAMPLE SHOT WITH SETTINGS F/9 WITH A PALM-LIKE STEM CREATED WITH LONGER EXPOSURE – 8 SECONDS.
A LONGER EXPOSURE - 10 SECONDS AT F/10, CREATED BEAUTIFUL STREAKS AND SHOOTING  LINES.
A LONGER EXPOSURE – 10 SECONDS AT F/10, CREATED BEAUTIFUL STREAKS AND SHOOTING LINES.
OVER-DOING A LONG EXPOSURE - 13 SECONDS AT F/8 WILL RESULT TO THIS IMAGE.
OVER-DOING A LONG EXPOSURE – 13 SECONDS AT F/8 WILL RESULT TO THIS IMAGE.

#4 Framing

Framing is important when shooting firework displays. Make sure that you’re framing without cutting the fine images. This happened to my shot last night.

BASICALLY A GOOD SHOT, BUT ONE OF THE FIREWORK DISPLAYS GOT CUT OUT ABOVE. LESSON HERE IS TO MOVE BACK A LITTLE TO GET A FULL FRAME COMPOSITION. SETTINGS HERE ARE F/8, 3 SECONDS EXPOSURE TIME.
BASICALLY A GOOD SHOT, BUT ONE OF THE FIREWORK DISPLAYS GOT CUT OUT ABOVE. LESSON HERE IS TO MOVE BACK A LITTLE TO GET A FULL FRAME COMPOSITION. SETTINGS HERE ARE F/8, 3 SECONDS EXPOSURE TIME.

If you’re using a zoom lens, then this wont be a problem. If you’re using prime like 50mm, you must step a little more backward so you can frame the display with the right composition and catch as the firework displays illuminate the skies.

 

#5 Scout the place

To add ‘wow’ factor, awesome fireworks photography should have an eye-popping foreground. To say the least, if you’re spot is at the bay walk, you’ll have difficulty getting that foreground. So beforehand, you must at least check and scout a nice location where you can get include a foreground for your fireworks photography.

We were on this spot last year.

 

See you next week, March 14, for the Polaris Fireworks AB (China) vs Platinum Fireworks, Inc. (Philippines) Closing Exhibition at the SM Mall of Asia.

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