Shooting Fireworks at the Pyromusical Competition

by Eyre Austero 3. March 2010 20:39

     As a newbie in DSLR photography, improving my photographic eye and skills is my topmost priority. So whenever an opportunity presents itself, my natural instinct is to jump right in to get my hands dirty so as to learn in the process. It is this same instinct which led my feet to the SM Mall of Asia to shoot some fireworks during the February 28, 2010 schedule of the 1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition. The competing countries (on this date) were France and Japan.

     To get the most out of this event, I did not go to the place empty-handed. Instead, I gave myself more than a week to gather some useful tips and practices on how to best shoot fireworks. As a start, I went to the venue an hour earlier than the scheduled start of the event. This is for me to secure a nice spot for taking photos.  To avoid camera shake, all photos were taken using a remote switch and with the camera mounted on a tripod. The UV filter was also removed to prevent getting ghost images of the fireworks. Camera used was the Nikon D5000. Lens used was the kit lens (18-55mm VR).

     Let me now share with you the camera settings that I used.  Be forewarned 'though that some settings might be camera-specific.

  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction: On
  • Flash: Off
  • Vibration Reduction: Off
  • Active D-Lighting: Off
  • Focus: Infinity (As suggested in some forums, what I did to achieve this is to focus on the moon then to switch to Manual mode afterwards.)
  • Autofocus: Off (Well I did this because it is said that the brightness of the fireworks and the haze of the smoke confuses many auto focus systems.)
  • Mode: Manual
  • Shutter Speed: Bulb (This is to give me better control over exposure time.)
  • Aperture: f/8, f/11 (This is to have greater depth of field.)
  • ISO: 200
  • Image Quality: Fine
  • Metering: Matrix

     And now, let me present to you the result of my first try, ever, at shooting fireworks.  


      For more tips on how to shoot fireworks, please visit this link: http://camerani.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks/


Photography | Fireworks

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Sheila Republic of the Philippines
04/03/2010 07:59:08 #

Kuya, super great job! Awesome pictures! ^-^

mark Republic of the Philippines
08/03/2010 10:37:08 #

hi sir,

just want to ask where are you located while shooting the pyro fireworks? i think you were seated or located at a well suited place. Thanks.

Eyre Republic of the Philippines
09/03/2010 05:33:34 #

Thanks for visiting my site.
Well, I got for myself a gold ticket for this event.
For the event map and other details, please refer to this link:
To secure the frontmost spot in the venue, I suggest that you go there early.

Eyre's Blog
17/03/2010 08:02:11 #

Shooting Fireworks at the Pyromusical Competition: Part II

Shooting Fireworks at the Pyromusical Competition: Part II

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