Reach for the stars
Paul Grogan shares his quick and dirty method for shooting fab fireworks photos
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…