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    Fireworks

    Help needed once again by you fabulous photographers.
    I am doing the Relay for Life on saturday to help raise money for cancer research.
    Not looking forward to it one bit... however I am looking forward to getting some shots of the fireworks. BAHAHAHA

    SO, I'd love some info/tips ok anything you guys can suggest to help me get some noice shots.

    Thanks in advance.
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    tripod + long shutter?
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    There are others here far better qualified than me, check the sticky under Night and Astro. One thing I did wrong (that I couldn’t find mentioned here) was to remove any filters you may have (e.g. if you use a UV filter just as protection). They caused ghosting on all of my night shots.

    http://toothwalker.org/optics/filterflare.html

    Here is a link to a very good site that explains optics.

    Hope this helps.
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    G'day Danielle

    Good on you for the R4L ... my co-pilot Alayne does it every year too [loves the free t-shirt that comes with it]

    As to fireworks - they're pretty easy overall
    1- tripod
    2- ISO 100 or 200
    3- 18-55 lens, + MANUAL focus on infinity ... anywhere in the zoom range
    4- Shutter priority x 10 to 30 seconds at f5,6 Aperture
    5- if several bright bursts go off during the same exposure, place hand over lens till exposure time finished [to 'save' the early bursts]
    6- optionally remove UV filter - occasionally I have had lens-refractions from bright spots off-centre to the fireworks

    Extra Notes
    11- do not have fun - fun not allowed at events such as these ~ remember that all serious photographers are serious at all serious occasions
    12- occasionally take camera off tripod and during the 10 - 30 seconds the shutter is open, wave the camera at the stars and clouds and get lots of wiggley lines
    13- maybe rotate camera thru a circle to see what you get
    14- do this also with street lights, car red-tail lights [1-5 seconds will probably do here]

    and show us some of the results .... please
    Regards, phil
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