The N-Photo ex­perts say…

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Set a high ISO

With only LED lights and fire­works to light the planes, light lev­els will be very low, so you’ll need to set a high ISO to en­able shut­ter speeds that are fast enough to freeze the move­ment of the planes, while still blur­ring the spin­ning pro­pel­lers.

Shoot in BURSTS

Group Aut­o­fo­cus will help when track­ing your sub­ject through the sky. Sim­i­larly, Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing mode means you can fire off mul­ti­ple pho­tos in quick suc­ces­sion. Once you’re back home you can choose the best shots from the se­quence to keep.

Get some sup­port

If you’re strug­gling to track the planes through the sky, try us­ing a mono­pod or tri­pod with a gim­bal head. This way, you won’t need to con­cen­trate on hold­ing the cam­era up, plus there will be less cam­era shake, so you’re more likely to nail your shot.


By pro­gram­ming the AE-L/AF-L but­ton on the back of your Nikon to en­able you to fo­cus with your thumb rather than your fore­fin­ger, you can keep fo­cus­ing and shoot­ing in­de­pen­dent. This makes for a higher hit-rate when it comes to im­age sharp­ness.

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