Fireworks can be captured in many different ways but it can be difficult to capture them at the right time. There are a few techniques a photographer can use that can help them photograph fireworks.
Things you’ll need:
- tripod (to keep the camera stable)
- cable release
- a flashlight
- a stool
Before the fireworks start going off, make sure you set your camera up on your tripod so that it will be steady when the fireworks start. This is important for capturing the trails of light by lowering the shutter speed.
Once that’s done, focus your camera on the fireworks once they start going off; make sure the image isn’t blurry and the aperature is set right so the camera isn’t overexposed.
Here’s some more tips:
- Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction.
- A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
- Shoot the highest quality file you can. NEF is ideal.
- Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts.
- Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200.
Turn off the autofocus, otherwise it might have difficulty locking onto focus. Manually focus your lens at infinity.
Although it is far away and hard to see, it is possible to take photographs of galaxies like the Milky Way for example with a DSLR camera.
First, you’re going to want a clear sky for your photos. Also, consider how close you are to cities and their light pollution. Light pollution maps can help you decide where to set up.
14mm, f/2.8, 30s, ISO3200
- ISO: A 3200-6400 ISO is ideal for absorbing enough light while also keeping the photo from becoming blurry.
- Shutter Speed: A long shutter speed is necessary to capture the light in a galaxy, but too long of a shutter speed will make the stars streak because the earth is rotating. 30 seconds is a frequently used SS for these photos.
- Aperture: You want the lens to be as open as possible, so the correct aperture is the lowest setting.
Photographer Jim Harmer explains how he took his galaxy photo “Milky Way in Idaho.”
Imogen Cunningham was born in 1883 in Portland, OR. She began her career in photography by studying the chemistry behind it at the University of Washington and at the Technische Hochshule in Dresden, Germany from 1906-1910. After graduating, she opened her own studio and began her portrait and pictorial work. Her work was featured in many exhibitions across the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Seattle Fine Arts Society. Her focus shifted many times throughout her life, going from portraits, to pattern and detail, then plants, industrial landscapes, the hands of musicians and artists, and finally documentary street photography. She was also a faculty member of the fine arts photography department, formed by Ansel Adams, at the California School of Fine Arts. She died at the age of 93 in June of 1976.
Alexa Meade is a current American Artist known for painting three-dimensional objects in a way that makes them look two-dimensional when photographed.
Her artwork combines physical art with photography and performance art.
It wasn’t until Meade had an idea for an art project while obtaining her degree in political science that she became familiar with art. Her original idea was to paint shadows.
In her TED talk she shows off her most impressive work and explains her thought process in detail.
Some of her most popular and famous pieces:
Archive Timeline: https://alexameade.com/portfolio_page/archive/
Keep up with the artist:
In order to capture a subject at a greater elevation, photographers traditionally had to either deal with the pictures taken from an airplane or a hot balloon, or simply resign themselves to the ground. However, with the invention of drones, a whole new perspective could be taken.
“Drones change all that, although at first, some of the systems were more complicated and less powerful than needed to be worth the effort. Early drones (by which I mean drones of just a few years ago) featured low-resolution, action cam-quality cameras and control systems that often lead to YouTube-worthy crash footage. Competition for dominance of the multi-rotor drone space has resulted in huge technological leaps at both the consumer and professional level. The footage coming from some of today’s best models is often used in television and cinema production.”
(Quote/Picture Source: https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/photography-gear/cameras/drones-for-photography/)
As drones are picked up more and more by photographers, their uses continue to increase. From Sports photography to wedding shots, drones are earning their keep in the realm of photography.
Here are some examples of modern drones:
As drones are further developed, newer and better technologies will be added, and even wider perspective on photography itself will be able to be explored.
High Speed Photography is the art of taking a picture of something in motion. This type of photography is beneficial when trying to catch a shot you can’t see with the naked eye. One crucial step in achieving the freeze frame action in High Speed Photography is to make sure you have a fast shutter speed. After you configure your shutter speed, you can choose which setting is more important; Aperture, or ISO. If you want a shallow depth of field you keep your f-number low. Doing this, you will then have to change ISO to make your exposure line zero or as close to as possible. After all this is done you can take a freeze frame photo. PictureCorrect also gives more details on two methods for timed High Speed Photography, check it out here.
By: Willie Brown