Guy Fawkes Night and Hogmanay are fantastic opportunities to photograph fireworks.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your images:
- Go to an organised display. Leave it to the pros – they know how to do it!
- Check the location in the daylight to find the best place to set up your tripod away from the crowds.
- Use a sturdy tripod as you will be using longer shutter speeds. If you don’t have a tripod find something to rest your camera on such as a wall or car roof. Or why not try handheld. You may end up with some great abstract results!
- Use a remote shutter release to keep your camera very still. Don’t worry if you haven’t got one, use the 2 second timer instead.
- Aperture, ISO and shutter speed settings. It’s time to experiment. Our suggestion is f8, ISO100 and try 5 seconds to see how it goes. It can be difficult to time the shot to coincide with the fireworks exploding but that is all part of the fun!
- Framing your shot can be quite tricky too and again you need to experiment. Get there early and find a good location well back from the display. Here in Argyll we are very fortunate that many of our firework displays take place near water leading to some stunning reflections.
- Stay safe and have a great time.
And finally who will ever forget the now infamous Obang 2011 when, due to a technical hitch, the whole display lasted less than one minute?