A 2019 wedding I couldn’t be more excited for! Andrea & Matthew are two of the nicest people you can meet, who chose an absolutely beautiful setting for their engagement shoot! Can’t wait for this May wedding!
Summer and family fun is in full swing here. Weekends not spent shooting professionally are almost always spent going somewhere and doing something... and usually covered photographically!
What has become a tradition of mine is to grab a few 4th of July fireworks photos on the 4th... and the days surrounding and hopefully trying something new or bringing something new to the table - not always successful but always fun.
How I shoot Fireworks (Not necessarily the best way!)
- Remote Trigger (wired or wireless)
I typically start with ISO set at 100 and f/14-16 aperture (ambient light plays a part here - I shot recently near a boardwalk with a lot of light pollution). I am a prime lens shooter for the most part and I typically like to use longer focal lengths for this but if I had a 24-70mm I would opt for that possibly... but I wouldn't buy one just for this so I never do ;)
I set the camera to BULB mode - On my camera (A7III) it's done by rolling your shutter speed past 30". Your camera may have a BULB mode. BULB mode works by allowing you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold down the shutter button - making stabilization and a remote trigger necessary. I typically hit the shutter button on the remote trigger just before a fireworks explodes... but this isn't an exact science and sometimes you just get lucky with when you start the exposure. I then evaluate how long to hold the shutter open by how much activity there is currently.
I've now shot 6 of my son's soccer matches this season with the new Sony A7 III. This could be a bit premature to be giving thoughts on shooting soccer with the new gear as my longest lens is currently a 135mm, which is in no way a good option for soccer. However, I feel I've shot enough at this point with the A7 III (and comparing it to what I was on previously) to know that this camera can absolutely hang with any modern camera for shooting sports or action.
The new Sony A7 III is finally here and it’s worth the wait! I’ve been testing the camera for the past few weeks and here are my thoughts so far.