basic requirements and camera settings
common basic camera settings
lowest ISO possible - eg. ISO 100
manual focus - focus on distant region or infinity
if using Olympus cameras set Live Boost = On
(setting one for newer cameras with 2 settings of Live Boost) - this will make the viewfinder brighter, easier to compose and manually focus with
set shutter speed to around 2 to 4 seconds to capture sufficient trailing of the fireworks (this is why you need a tripod or superb image stabiliser
set aperture to around f/11 to reduce over-exposure of the bright fireworks (if they are further away you may need a wider aperture - experiment!
set self timer to 2 secs to reduce camera shake when you press the button (not needed if you use a remote control)
set White Balance to 5300K
shoot RAW + jpeg
if shooting jpeg only (not recommended) - consider a vivid, contrasty, saturated Picture mode with sharpness to minus 1 and a low noise filter level (assuming you may do some noise processing in software)
many cameras have a "Scene mode" for fireworks
newer Olympus cameras have a unique "Live Composite" mode
don't forget to consider shooting movies too!
photo/fireworks.txt · Last modified: 2018/01/01 12:29 by gary1