CASTLEFORD CAMERA CLUB
LOW LIGHT & FIREWORKS
FIREWORKS - TIPS
Use a tripod – you won’t get a sharp crisp
If available use a Shutter Release – this
will ensure that the camera is completely
steady – even the click of the shutter can
affect the clarity of an image.
CONSIDER YOUR LOCATION
Avoid the crowds
Try getting up higher so you’re looking
across rather than up;
Check out the wind direction –
fireworks generate smoke!
These are just a guide, play around with the settings
to gain the affect you want.
White balance – between 3500 and 4500
Focal length between 30-55mm – depending how far
away you are
Aperture setting F8 – F11
Shutter speeds between 2-6 seconds –
depending on desired effect
Point your camera where you think the
fireworks are going to go off and wait! Then
play around with the shutterspeed.
How long you leave your shutter open will
determine how many fireworks you get in one
image. But beware the longer the shutter is
open the increase in noise and the more smoke
you will capture between fireworks.
• Low light photography is the same principles
to those above:
• Use a Tripod
• Use a shutter release – the longest shutter speed on
most cameras is 30 seconds. Using a shutter release on
Bulb mode allows much longer exposures
• Manual focus - either set to infinity – or light up your
subject first using headlight/torch
• In camera long exposure noise reduction – does your
camera have one?
• One size DOESN’T fit all!!
• As with most photography each image will
require different settings. The principles are
– the exposure triangle: ISO, shutterspeed,
• You will need to set these depending on the
effect you are trying to capture:
WHAT TO PHOTOGRAPH?
• STAR TRAILS
• THE MOON
• CAR TAIL LIGHTS - LIGHT MOTION
• BUILDINGS AT NIGHT
• BRIDGES AND WATER REFLECTIONS
• ABSTRACT LIGHT PAINTING