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    Please post here any tips you have for taking photos of fireworks whether it be at WDW or anywhere else for that matter :D

    Im going in october for the firsat time with a DSLR 400D, so need tips for the above
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    anyone???
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    There are a few things that will determine how photos of fireworks will turn out - mainly the shutterspeed, the aperture and the ISO rating.

    If your camera has a "fireworks" option then great... use this! If the camera does not have a dedicated "Fireworks" option then hopefully you have the option to go to full manual control and using the tips below should get some good shots.

    Also make sure that the flash is turned off because it's a waste of time as there is nothing for the actual flash to reflect back off.

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    ISO rating is the "sensitivity to light" and can range from 100 to 6400 in some of the newer cameras. The more sensitive the better up to a point... too high and the picture may be "grainy"

    Sorry for stating the obvious but the Shutter speed is how fast the shutter closes.

    The Aperture is the size of the "hole" through the centre of the lens.

    If your camera has the facility, put it on full manual control, so that you can control both the aperture and the shutter speed. I usually set the ISO to as high as my camera goes (1600 on the Canon D400) and find that the graininess is not to apparent. However if your camera goes to a higher ISO then try it out on a higher setting (which will allow you to use higher shutter speeds) but if the graininess shows up too much you'll need to lower it again!

    Set the aperture as large as it will go to let as much light into the camera as possible - Aperture size is measured in f numbers, and the lower the f number, the bigger the hole through the lens. So f4 is a bigger diameter hole than a f6 for example.

    Now experiment with the shutter speed .... too fast and the picture will be dark and underexposed, too slow and the fireworks will blur due to the movement of the explosions. I found that between a 10th and a 15th of a second was the optimal setting, but it depended on how many fireworks were exploding at the time... lots of fireworks means more light so I could increase the shutter speed... not many fireworks means less light so you have to lower the shutter speed to let more light into the camera to get the exposure right!

    Having a tripod will help a little, because even with a high ISO and a wide aperture, you'll not get a high enough shutter speed to prevent movement blur from you shaking the camera - unless you can lean on a nearby wall or your partners shoulder!












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    wow issy great info thanks, that the one thing that has always confused me is the aperture, the hole size, and now i know...i will experiment tomorrow thanks so much

    fab photos too, where did you take the shots from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 24339
    fab photos too, where did you take the shots from?
    Half way up Main Street....standing in the middle of the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isafari, post: 24390
    Half way up Main Street....standing in the middle of the road
    oh ok, i might try and get on the bridge by the entrance, bet it will be packed tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 24396
    oh ok, i might try and get on the bridge by the entrance, bet it will be packed tho
    That would be a good view yes....no heads in your photos
    Not long to wait now and you'll be there for real :excited001:

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    perfectly straight horizons too. PAH makes me sick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 24716
    perfectly straight horizons too. PAH makes me sick
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    Those are among the best shots of the fireworks at MK I`ve ever seen Diane.





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