While in Disneyland, I once again used this little photography lesson that I learned from The Pioneer Woman: How To Shoot Fireworks.
I first tested it out while ringing in the new year (2009) with Sparklers. You can see it HERE.
Just in time for all the big fireworks this weekend for Independence Day, I thought I would list it out right here for you, (and for me) so I don’t forget. It’s a fun trick, especially with Sparklers. Here is her abbreviated How To:
1. You need to use a tripod. (I don’t trust myself to be that steady.)
2. Slow Shutter Speed – 20-30 seconds, Aperture around F8, with a low ISO.
3. Use a wide angle lens 12-18 mm. I just used my kit lens and set it to 18mm.
When you’re ready to take a photo, click the shutter release button and wait. It’ll be awhile before it clicks, and when it does, check your screen and see how the exposure is. If it’s too bright, adjust the aperture and make it smaller (higher number.) You want to leave your shutter speed really slow, because that will pick up all the trails and wonderful movement of the fireworks. And you want to keep your ISO low so your photos won’t be grainy.
Thanks Again Pee Dub!
The main reason I wanted to have our tripod with us on this trip, was because I got this idea in my head and I wanted to try it out. I wanted a picture of us in the crowd at Disneyland, with the crowd all a blurr and us in focus. I really like how they turned out.
The trick is staying very still. I used all the same tips that I listed above to shoot fireworks.
You should try it out this weekend, you might even catch Tinkerbell in action. 😉