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    Hi all,

    What settings are best for taking shots of fireworks? I realise that a tripod will come in handy - any help would be greatfully received as this is a little out of my comfort zone. Using a Canon 400D.

    Gina

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    Re: Manual settings for fireworks

    Hi Gina, Ian posted this sometime back http://dpnow.com/1302.html
    Post up what you take? I will do the same tomorrow

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      Re: Manual settings for fireworks

      Originally posted by ekkl View Post
      Hi Gina, Ian posted this sometime back http://dpnow.com/1302.html
      Post up what you take? I will do the same tomorrow
      Looking back, that article didn't cover exposure very well. Looking at my best fireworks shots, you really need a shutter speed of around 2 seconds an I found that an aperture of f/11 preserved the brightness of the trails without bleaching out the colour. This is at ISO 100.

      A tripod would be very advisable as long as there isn't a crowd of people who might bump into it.

      Ian
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        Re: Manual settings for fireworks

        Thanks guys for your prompt replies, will be having a go later and will post the results. Many thanks.

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          You who dwell in the UK are lucky to have dark nights for the 5th November fireworks. Here in France the best ones are on July 14th so we usually have to wait until midnight for them to start, and after hanging around in bars for a few hours apertures don't seem very important!
          Here are a couple I took this year in Camaret.





          Roger

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            Great stuff Roger - I think the first one is a cracker (excuse the pun ).

            jo

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              Re: Manual settings for fireworks

              Originally posted by rogleale View Post
              You who dwell in the UK are lucky to have dark nights for the 5th November fireworks. Here in France the best ones are on July 14th so we usually have to wait until midnight for them to start, and after hanging around in bars for a few hours apertures don't seem very important!
              Here are a couple I took this year in Camaret.





              Roger:
              These are great vistas, Roger, but I wonder if some of the colour from the fireworks has been lost? I was in France (the Vendée) during the Bastille celebrations and I fully understand the late starts to the fireworks. But then you have lovely unpolluted darke skies!

              Ian
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                Re: Manual settings for fireworks

                I liked the pix.

                Sausages - I forgot to buy the sparklers today.

                Regards. Barr1e

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                  Re: Manual settings for fireworks

                  Originally posted by Barr1e View Post
                  I liked the pix.

                  Sausages - I forgot to buy the sparklers today.

                  Regards. Barr1e
                  Sainsburys has a good deal - giant ones, 5 in a pack, £1.49, buy one get one free

                  Ian
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                    I took 92 pics this evening whilst out with freinds and family. Unfortunately as I was the lighter of fireworks, I didn't really get much time with the camera. I was lighting the things then running back to where my camera was and taking a few quick pics as they went off. Couldn't get any rockets at all as my tri-pod doesn't point straight up and I didn't have much time anyway to be honest. Going out with just the 100mm prime lens on didn't help either!!

                    Anyhow, one of the best I actually took was in the house testing the settings with a sparkler! Here it is and I am not brave enough to show any more from earlier on!!

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                      Come on then!! Did anyone get any pics?

                      I will put some more up later.....

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                        Mine were rubbish on the canon, just couldn't get the shots I wanted but did end up with a cold! I used my Panasonic Lumix on the firework setting.

                        This first image has been a combo of several fireworks merged into one image that I entered in the current salon.




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                          Don't run yourself down ekkl. You captured the sparkles very well
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