Fireworks display are usually seen and heard during holidays such as Christmas and New Year and other important events such as wedding or engagement proposals, feasts, festivals and many more. Historically, fireworks was originated from China where it is considered as part of the country’s culture since 7th century.
Fireworks is a device for producing a striking display of light, or a figure or figures in plain or colored fire, by the combustion of materials that burn in some peculiar manner, as gunpowder, sulphur, metallic filings, and various salts. It is a small container filled with explosive chemicals that produce bright colored patterns or loud noises when they explode. It is a kind of something that attracts people and entertains our eyes.
Yet, it can be also use as a wonderful subject in photography since it is quite easy compare to others. All you need to have is enough knowledge in right position and right timing of taking shots of the fireworks. Someone says, “taking shots of fireworks are difficult as a subject of photography because after all the bright explosions that are scattered in the dark smokey sky“; but it actually depends on the photographer.
One should take time of practicing of taking shots so that they can produce wonderful outputs. Always remember that practice makes the work perfect. So practice taking shots until you achieve the right shot. Here are some sparkling fireworks photography tips that will help you ensure to have your stunning results in photographing firework displays.
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Scout the location or the place
Take a little time to visit first the place or the location where the fireworks displays are going to happen. Make it a bit early to gain crucial information like the setup, the timing, the launch time of the fireworks, the height and where the firework will come from. This will help you to know when you will take your shots, where to position yourself in a nice place and where to focus and take clear shots of the fireworks especially the quick ones that will not last longer. Find the unobstructed view that meets your composition.
Use of tripod
Tripod is considered as a great aid for cameras to be stable and focus more on their subject, which in our case is firework. With the use of tripod, your camera may become shake-free and can take more clear, strikingly beautiful shots of fireworks and not a blurry one. Don’t have a tripod? That’s not a problem if you do not have one as you can still take clear pictures of fireworks. Just position yourself in a good shooting distance where you will not find any obstacles that can disturb you from taking clear shots. This will help to ensure the sharpness of the exposure.
Flash ‘OFF’ on your camera
Turn off your flash on camera because the fireworks are far from you and it will no longer have an effect on the firework display. Though it doesn’t an effect on fireworks, the things close to you can have an effect from the flash. The flash will turn the close things to you to become light and because of that, it can affect the clear focus of your shots.
Include the surroundings
Do not focus only on the fireworks. Roam your eyes on the place where you can add it as an additional to your subject. People under the fireworks? The cars? The bridges? The sea? The yachts? The ships? Through this additional, it can help you to make your shot to be more fascinating to the eyes of a person.
Spot the exposure
Most of the best shots are captured during the bursting of the firework. But be alert always in taking pictures. Some fireworks burst last only for a short time and it can cause a lot of images. Some of the photographers failed to take this note. They captured the firework yet they don’t captured the best shot of it. The fact is it may be overdetailed or less detail and that makes a picture less attractive or unattractive at all.
Varying of shots
Multiple shots can be done in fireworks photography. Yet, it gives more fascination if you will vary your shots. Adjusting your focal lengths can help you to vary shots from zooming in and zooming out. If you want to capture the bursting or exploding of fireworks, you’ll need the zooming in of your lens so that you can have a clear shot of the firework.
Bring your foods and drinks, small chair and umbrella
Most of the photographers come early so they can have their spots in photographing a fireworks. In fact, it is a great move as we stated on our first tip. Foods and drinks must be at your bag so you can eat when you feel hungry, drink when you feel thirsty and small chair while waiting for the fireworks. In case of bad weather, you will be safe as you have your umbrella in an open area.
Choose the right composition
You need to choose a right composition so that it can have a wonderful story. Well, the composition depends on the size of the crowd viewing the event, your position also in the crowd where you take pictures and the spots where fireworks will be deployed. This includes where you will position yourself wisely so that you can take pictures right.
Bring plenty of memory cards and extra batteries
Incidents during photography may happen. Emergencies like corrupted memory cards or full memory may happen. Low batteries may happen also so it is very crucial to bring extra. Also, bringing plenty of memory cards are very helpful especially when you have a lot of pictures you want to take or pictures you want to in higher resolutions.
It’s no secret that pictures or images tell a story. The situation in the pictures tell the story itself on what’s happening on that day. If your main subject is firework, focus the camera to the subject but don’t let the background not being included as it is part of the scene. Let the firework be the subject and the background be your supporting character.