[Infograpix] How To Shoot Fireworks

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Some numbers are indicative and may be adapted to your need, like the focal length to use or the number of images to take.

Focal Length

Any focal length will basically work: it depends how far you are from the subject and how wide you want your shot to be. Mind that short focal lengths will make small you fireworks.

 Fireworks at the Atomium (Brussels, Belgium) at EFL 24mm.

Fireworks at the Atomium (Brussels, Belgium) at EFL 24mm.

Exposure Settings

Shutter speed, ISO and aperture values are based on my experience, considering the fireworks are extremely bright compared to the night sky.

The aperture of f/8 ensures enough depth of field to have the scene in focus, while the low ISO ensure minimum noise and maximum dynamic range to record all of the fireworks colours. The shutter speed of one second is a nice balance between getting enough light in, time the fireworks and freeze them.

You are encouraged to experiment with different settings.

Number of Frames

You should take multiple photos, so to chose the best fireworks once back home.

To have a richer image, you can blend together multiple photos in Photoshop using the lighten blending mode.

 Final image obtained blending 5 different exposures for the fireworks.

Final image obtained blending 5 different exposures for the fireworks.

Because the foreground will be quite dark in your exposures, don't forget to take one or more photos exposed for the foreground, to be combined later with the photos of the fireworks.