Reach for the stars

Paul Gro­gan shares his quick and dirty method for shoot­ing fab fire­works pho­tos

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Cap­ture sharp, per­fectly-ex­posed photographs of ex­plod­ing fire­works

Few sub­jects of­fer as much bang for your buck as fire­works – if you’ll ex­cuse the pun. Fire­works are fast, fun and colour­ful, and cap­tur­ing them in cam­era is easy, so long as you get the ba­sics right.

Get to your lo­ca­tion early so you can scout around for the per­fect spot. For a clean shot you want to be at the front of the view­ing area, but hav­ing said that, in­clud­ing the sil­hou­ettes of spec­ta­tors at the bot­tom of the frame can add a sense of oc­ca­sion, so do think about stand­ing back, par­tic­u­larly if it’s busy and you’re wor­ried about be­ing jos­tled.

If pos­si­ble, use a re­mote re­lease. You can use your Nikon’s self-timer mode to fire the shut­ter, but a re­mote en­ables you to time your shots more pre­cisely. Here’s how it’s done…

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