Be a rocket man (or woman)
Here’s how to shoot whizz-bang fireworks photos this New Year and beyond...
Frame your shot
It can be hard to know how high the fireworks will go, so if in doubt, attach a standard or even wide-angle zoom – you can zoom in if they’re not as high you expect. Include some foreground, and shoot vertically, unless there’s something horizontal, like a castle, to include in the frame.
Set the exposure
In manual exposure mode, set a shutter speed of two to four seconds at f/8 and ISO200. If there’s something, like a castle or skyline, you want to include at the bottom, increase the ISO until this is correctly exposed. Once you’re set up, switch to Bulb mode.
Time it right
Timing is everything. Listen for the whoosh of bigger rockets. Open the shutter just before they explode, keeping it open for two to four seconds; if you can include two or three in the frame, so much the better. Beware of including too many, though, as they will blow out.