Photos of the Day: Fireworks Fail
|Playing with the exposure rate (6 seconds)|
So, I probably won't admit this often but I'm not good at taking fireworks photos. At least not yet. You'll see from the photos below my philosophy going in.. was to bring leave the aperture alone and bring the exposure up to about 2 seconds or more. What I found out with this camera is that even though i sent the exposure for a certain time.. the exposure time.. ended up being pretty random.
|this is a 15 second exposure.|
The picture right below this was taken with a 15 second exposure. I missed a lot of good fireworks waiting for the camera to take the picture then save the picture to disk. All of the fireworks photos were taken on the 1600 ISO setting. I tried to use the highest fstop possible, but wound up with something between 3.5 and 5.0. I also wound up with some horrible pictures, good pictures, but no awesome pictures.
What does all the FStop and Exposure rate stuff mean when the fireworks start flying? First of all, make sure you have a tripod. Second, if you turn the exposure rate up on a regular scene. It allows more light to flow into the camera. But light is always moving and cameras are set up to only need a split second of light to create a picture.
|2 second exposure|
So what's the solution? Well my aperture settings weren't high enough ( should be much higher that my high aperture of f/4) , My ISO settings weren't low enough (should have been at 100 or 200), and my exposure rate should have been between 1 and 5 seconds. Now, I have to find some fireworks this weekend to try it on.
|15 second exposure|
|too much light, 15 second exposure|
|borderline too much light|
|cool with a 13 second exposure|