The N-Photo experts say…
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.
USE YOUR THUMB
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.