9 Jul 2012
This 4th of July I finally got to experience the fun of capturing fireworks. In the past I was either overseas during that holiday or didn't have the right kind of camera. Before heading to the 4th festivities, I checked several sites and books on how best to shoot fireworks. Discovered the general consensus is you need to use a tripod, a camera that allows you to take long exposures and a remote shutter release. I had all except for the last item (on my wish list). Also important to get a good location and everything set up before it gets dark and the show begins. Here are the settings that worked best for me: manual, "Bulb" exposure, ISO 100, focus on infinity, aperture from f8 to f16, and timed shutter release to start just before burst began and kept open until it stopped. The real fun and cool results happened during multiple explosions. I took over 200 shots and kept 28. These are some of my favorites. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did the first time I saw them.