Be a rocket man (or woman)

Here’s how to shoot whizz-bang fire­works pho­tos this New Year and beyond...

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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.

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