Create a bigger bang
Paul Grogan explains how to produce a fantastic fireworks composite in a matter of minutes
One or two fireworks not enough? Create a composite image in minutes
As we revealed in Project 2 (page 48), shooting good photos of fireworks really couldn’t be easier, but shooting great ones is more of a challenge. This is because fireworks are, by their very nature, unpredictable: you can never be sure exactly where or when the best, most photogenic ones are going to explode, and leaving everything to the finale can result in shots that are blown out. Often the best you can do is keep shooting until the last firework fizzles out, in the hope that one or two will hit the spot.
With the power of Photoshop, however, you don’t have leave it to chance – it might be that you’ve got a shot that’s almost perfect, but just needs one more firework to balance it out; or you might have lots of shots of single fireworks that look lonely on their own! In either case, merging multiple fireworks into a single image is as easy as shooting them; the trick lies in how you merge images using Photoshop’s Layers and Blending modes. Read on to find out how it’s done...