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An article from :iconroy204: on the subject of Fireworks Photography.

This is a somewhat more "advanced" tutorial (in the technical sense) that requires some knowledge of what is aperture, shutter speed and focus controls at least but it is also a fun and entertaining technique.

We recommend that you read the following articles before going for this one:

The Making of a Photograph
Understanding Depth of Field

Let us know what you think!
Pedro & Damien.
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SoulTermination Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting this! I'm just getting into photography and desperately need a better camera (you can't even turn the flash off on mine :tears: ), but if and when I scrape up enough money for one I'd love to try something like this.
funygirl38 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Was having some trouble judging the correct aperture, this helps a lot, thanks!
CrownofLaurel-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Great tutorial! Question: Some lens have the infinity symbol. The standard 18-55mm Nikkor lens does not. I've read the manual and didn't find any direction on how to focus to infinity. Some people say turning the focus ring all the way to the right will do it. Any suggestions?
blowin-bubbles Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
This is just awesome, thank you so much!
Accebera Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
This is a great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing! =D
JessicaValerie-n-Co Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Hey there :)
I have a favour to ask of you... I am currently doing my Year 12 HSC (Australian: Higher School Certificate, ie. Last year of high school) Information Processes and Technology major project, Which is to be a website on photography and cameras.

I saw your tutorial and was wondering if I would able to feature it on the site I make. Of course, You will be fully credited with links to your deviantart profile and deviation page.

I will also send you a link at the completion of the project if you would wish to see.
I would really appreciate if you agreed, but if you don’t, no hard feelings :aww:

petxis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks, that was a very good tutorial
Inku-inku Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Very helpful!
Thank you :iconfurrydanceplz: !
mindwarp-hs Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
really useful one .... everything included ;) Great
Yarw Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for this article.. New year is coming and I was thinking so much this lately, thanks!
agnespare Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Neo-Br Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial, as usual ;)
atbemo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Lol, this'll come in handy. I usually slap on a high aperture like f15 or f20, set the focus to manual and put it to infinite, and then use a shutter speed of like 20 or 30 seconds.
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
I didn't know to pick a low ISO. Good read. I love these articles, I always learn something!
Skorpios Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
Some really good tips there. I'll try to remember them when I go out shooting tonight. I think I'm most worried about the aperature. I seem to have a knack for overexposing those key lights.

Thanks for the tutorial!
thetopcrusader Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Very excellent tutorial that explains many of the technical details of fireworks photography in a simple, practical manner. I'm hoping to use some of these tips at our local fireworks show tonight.
mygzus Featured By Owner May 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
What interests me is that the camera that did farely well is a Minolta Dimage. That is the same camera I own and I always thought it wasn't the best in the world.
drkhope Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
nooooooo, i wanted to see this tutorial so bad.... hopefully they put this one back up
photo-class Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Yes we did ;)
tinuviels-tragedy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006   Photographer
oh good, so i am not the only one the download did not work for.
skill22586 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
download not found*
Diedra Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
"File Not Found". It seems that your tutorial has been taken down.
Detigr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
Wonderful Tutorial! As a practicing pyro-technician, this is going to come in most handy when I want to shoot my shows! VERY good tutorial!
xobeohs Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
great tutuorial :) THANKYOU very much for sharing. tips will help greatly :D
touchofdust Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
Wonderful tutorial. My step-dad works in Fireworks (setting them off) so I get to go to a lot of shows, so this'll help :) Thanks.
FreakdeWil Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005

very interesting and helpful article!!!! :thumbsup:

I think it's one of the best so far....

darkernights Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005   Photographer
nice. my first time doing fireworks turned out well. i like the tips here and it'll help me next time.
got one up in my gallery
vivaen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2005
Thx for writing this.
It's so easy to understand and I'm going to try this as soon as I can :).
PalomaDyz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Very interesting and helpful, i'm sure to try it out.

Thank you :)

RoyalBlade Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2005
it's a shame i didn't find this tutorial until today :( all of my pictures failed cause there was too much wind :(
ash4267 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
good tutorial i like the fireworks one
dkd Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2004
thanks U very much
It's very helpful for me :D (nothing to say)
highoninhalers Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2004   Photographer
omg this is one of the best tutorial users ever!

I brought my camera to my last fireworks show and used a very wide aperture and ISO 400, all my pictures came out noisy, bright, and washed out. This helped so much.

This 'user' (i dunno what to call it) is one of the best i've ever seen, so simple but detailed.
cybrghst Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2004
You wont get any noise using ISO 100, possible not even noticable with 200. with long exposure.


10 seconds, on iso 200, @ f/8

Now with digital it may have noise, but that is with a digital camera, most likely on film, you wont get noise.

photo-class Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Yes, agreed with film. Some digital cameras howeveer have bad noise even at iso 100/200, especialyl at night. Thanks for the comment :)
cybrghst Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
I forgot i replied to this..:) Well true and not true, depends if you are dealing with a low mp cam. My friend Mark, [link] does night photography, and none of his images, none have noise. When we are out, i shoot slide, he shoots digi. I think the lower end cams may do this.
seenew Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004  Professional Photographer
Really great tut. I took some shots just fooling around with fireworks in July, and I could have used this back then, lol. I got one interesting shot, though- [link]

Anyway, I like how informativeit was, but not complicated or hard to understand at all. Nice work.
MikkelT Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2004
Great writing here, it gives a lot of info on to watch out for when photographing fireworks, and gives you a chance not to fail if you only have a chance of taking one or two shots, great job!
theoman Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2004   Photographer
great information thanks
Zorro40 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent tipp-THANK YOU:!:
Greetings from Zorro:)
Ryochi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
wohoooo great tutorial
its really usefull for me :)
superkev Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004  Professional Photographer
nice article! it's important to know and follow the rules, but it can be just as fun to break them --> [link] :P
In-Apt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
Breaking rules can be the best thing in the world.
Especially when you do that, knowing what you are doing, and then get results like that.... :)

Bravo! :clap:
RocketDude Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
gr8 job guys congrats

thx for sharing
it was a truly revealing reading
itscheryl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
wow really helpful and now that i'm alittle more equiped with the info given..
will try it out the next time i get a chance to
thanks so much for sharing
takkyu Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent Article. I am sure we'll be seeing lots of Fireworks photos coming to da soon now :P
theghostofwazup Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
I really wanted to see this tutorial, it seemed like a very good thing, seeing as how I'm in Vancouver and they have massive fireworks and I just bought a new camera. Whenever I click the download button, it shows up for a while, then it shrinks to about 1/10 its size and I just can't read it. Is there any way I can actually read it? It's really useful stuff.
photo-class Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
You are probably using Internet Exporer who has a bad habit of auto-resizing images.

Once the image has shrink, hold the mouse still (over it) for a few seconds and you will see an icon appear on the bottom right of the image (the icon has expanding arrows on it). Click it and the image will display correctly.

superkev Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004  Professional Photographer
yeah, that's an annoying IE feature. just hold the mouse over the picture and don't move it for a few seconds. an "expand image" icon will appear in the corner of th picture. click it to see the picture full size.
theghostofwazup Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
Thank you very much. This was really really bugging me. I'll try and put my knowledge to work this Wednesday, and if the boat is still enough, I might walk away with one good picture. Thanks again
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