Photographing Fireworks Pt. 1
Photographing fireworks is one we all want to crack - and believe it or not it's not that difficult once you have a few pointers.
Think of the photography in blocks and ask yourself what you need to start photographing fireworks? A slow shutter speed because it's dark and you want to capture the movement across the sky. A tripod so you don't get camera shake. Manual exposure so can experiment to find the perfect exposure for your situation.
The first step is to find a good location to photograph the firework display from. Big organised displays are always impressive but can be crowded and not always the best place to shoot fireworks from. So go early and have a look around the area.
Once you have found the right spot it's worth setting up your camera. Think about which lenses to use, pre set a slow shutter speed and a low iso so when the show starts you're ready to capture the action.
7 Steps to Perfect Pictures is a demanding course because it's akin to learning a new language. Even if one masters the grammar that's useless unless the vocabulary comes easily in conversation when it's needed. So for me, the true value of the course was to provide me with the elements that will enable me to become "fluent" over time.