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.