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Old 05-06-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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show me your firework photos from Disney

I have been fascinated by firework photo's for as long as I can remember! I have had my Nikon D-7000 for about 9 months now. But before then I only had a point & shoot to take photographs of fireworks, not much control I just pointed, shot, & hoped for the best. I have been reading up a lot lately on the basics of shooting fireworks, & I am getting really excited to shoot them on our upcoming vacation to wdw in October. Good thing I will get lots of practice at a few local firework displays in July before our trip. Do you have any photo's you could share? I would really enjoy looking at them!


Also a couple of questions, I don't have a remote, or shutter release cable. Would setting the camera to a 2 sec. shutter delay work the same, if I don't end up purchasing a remote?

I have 2 lenses, 18-105mm that came with my camera, & a 35mm 1:1.8 prime. Which one would be the better lens for shooting fireworks? Thanks so much!
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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you need to purchase a shutter release cable. the 2 second timer would work but your going to be behind shooting the bursts all night. I just pressed the release when i heard the fireworks being shot up and left it open for about 5-6 sec depending on other camera settings.

your 18-105 should be just fine for the fireworks. The photo below was taking with my 18-55 kit lens and some photoshop trickery. The castle shot is 1 exposure after the fireworks and the fireworks are another exposure. the 2 images were then blended together. The shot was on a tripod and taken outside of the crystal palace.

Crystal Palace Fireworks by nickbarese, on Flickr
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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Beautiful shot!!

Thanks for the reccomendation for the shutter release cable. I will have to go check out the prices, I have plenty of time to purchace one & practice in July. Thank you!

With the cable release do you press the button & hold for however long & then release your finger on the button? Does the camera have to be in bulb mode when using the shutter release cable?
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The cable should be less then $20.

Bulb mode is the way to go. My release cable had the ability to hold down or slide to a position to hold itself. My last trip was the first time using a dslr and shooting fireworks. Read Tom bickers fireworks ebook. It really helped with settings!
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Just get the remote, it will make life a lot easier. And they are cheap.
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The cable should be less then $20.

Bulb mode is the way to go. My release cable had the ability to hold down or slide to a position to hold itself. My last trip was the first time using a dslr and shooting fireworks. Read Tom bickers fireworks ebook. It really helped with settings!
Do you have a link, I remember hearing about his ebook a while back.
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I also have a D7000 and there are a few things to note, specific to this camera.
You will need a shutter release remote. No cable needed! The Nikon brand one is ML-L3 and it is wireless. There are a couple other ebay brand knockoffs too. Then set the DRIVE mode to Remote (same wheel that controls 'single shot' or 'continuous fast')

A tripod is a must for any camera set up as this will be a long exposure. Your kit lens would be best if you want to be closer to the castle. 35mm would be better if you are farther away. Focus on the castle first then switch to manual focus. This is to prevent focusing afterwords as it will be too dark to do so.

The general setting would be that you are in MANUAL mode. Set the shutter speed to Bulb and your aperture to about f/11. Your ISO should be set to 100. Fireworks are super bright and to prevent them from being "blown out" the aperture needs to be small and the ISO low.

You are going to need to turn the Long Exposure Noise Reduction OFF. Press Menu > Shooting Menu > Long exp. NR > Select OFF. When this is ON, any exposure over 1 second gets extra processing by the camera to remove noise. This can last about the same time as the exposure to twice as long, beyond the exposure itself. That feature prevents you from taking the next shot quickly. Since your ISO is already at 100, noise should be at a minimum.

The way bulb mode works with the ML-L3 wireless works is that you press the remote once to open the shutter, then one more time to close it. With my recommendations above this can be anywhere from 3 second to 10 seconds. The longer the exposure the longer the streaks become and more bursts are captured.


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I also have a D7000 and there are a few things to note, specific to this camera.
You will need a shutter release remote. No cable needed! The Nikon brand one is ML-L3 and it is wireless. There are a couple other ebay brand knockoffs too. Then set the DRIVE mode to Remote (same wheel that controls 'single shot' or 'continuous fast')

A tripod is a must for any camera set up as this will be a long exposure. Your kit lens would be best if you want to be closer to the castle. 35mm would be better if you are farther away. Focus on the castle first then switch to manual focus. This is to prevent focusing afterwords as it will be too dark to do so.



The general setting would be that you are in MANUAL mode. Set the shutter speed to Bulb and your aperture to about f/11. Your ISO should be set to 100. Fireworks are super bright and to prevent them from being "blown out" the aperture needs to be small and the ISO low.

You are going to need to turn the Long Exposure Noise Reduction OFF. Press Menu > Shooting Menu > Long exp. NR > Select OFF. When this is ON, any exposure over 1 second gets extra processing by the camera to remove noise. This can last about the same time as the exposure to twice as long, beyond the exposure itself. That feature prevents you from taking the next shot quickly. Since your ISO is already at 100, noise should be at a minimum.

The way bulb mode works with the ML-L3 wireless works is that you press the remote once to open the shutter, then one more time to close it. With my recommendations above this can be anywhere from 3 second to 10 seconds. The longer the exposure the longer the streaks become and more bursts are captured.


16mm f/10 5.6 seconds ISO 100

Nice shot! Wow!! Thank you so very much for the in depth explanation geared towards the d-7000! I'm printing this off & including it in my cheat sheet! I will buy the shutter release remote this weekend!! Thanks so much, I needed this! Do you use your live view?? When I first focus use automatic focus, then switch to manual. I know I will have to focus manually, I have practiced, but when I focus manually I have trouble finding the right spot, (the clearest) I tend to be slightly blurred. I guess it just takes practice.
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Nice shot! Wow!! Thank you so very much for the in depth explanation geared towards the d-7000! I'm printing this off & including it in my cheat sheet! I will buy the shutter release remote this weekend!! Thanks so much, I needed this! Do you use your live view?? When I first focus use automatic focus, then switch to manual. I know I will have to focus manually, I have practiced, but when I focus manually I have trouble finding the right spot, (the clearest) I tend to be slightly blurred. I guess it just takes practice.
Thanks!

I don't use live view at all. I did it once and it took way too long. With live view the mirror is up so you can see the image on your screen. When you want to take a picture, the mirror has to come back down first, then it goes back up for the exposure, down again after the exposure, and up again so you can see a live view. Extremely inefficient, and generally feels laggy. I don't see a need for it since you are on a tripod and already framed everything up. You still get to see a preview of what you just took though, as you normally do. That's all I need to see.

One more thing about the remote. It needs to be set to "Quick-Response". Go into Menu > Shooting Menu > Remote Control Mode > and set to "Quick-Response remote". This is to ensure that there is no delay when you press the remote button. I believe the default was "2 seconds".

As for focusing. I just use the view finder. Choose the focal length you want. I try to go the widest, so it was 16mm for me. Then just focus on the castle. I usually wait for a bright color. Sometimes it may even go white! The D7000 can focus on the castle at night because it's awesome like that. Yeah, I said it.

Also, if you are going to be doing this often you can set all of these setting to the Custom U1 U2 modes. Very handy.
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Wow, really a stunning photo!!! It looks so professional! I tried to shot fireworks pictures but with my shoot'n'point camera it seemed to be impossible.
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This was my first ever attempt at firework photography and what a learning experience that was lol. First thing I learned was getting to the back of World Showcase 40min before showtime was still not ealry enough lol. Ended up wedged in a corner with people all to my left at stage center and smushed up next to a large flower pot. Had to balance my tripod on the edge of the pot while trying to take the pictures. Also check your remote battery before you leave on you trip(learned that one the hard way lol). Also may need to invest in a taller tripod. Still had fun thought and look forward to getting back out there and giving it another try


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[IMG] Illuminations by MIke Sperduto (Sperduto Photos), on Flickr[/IMG]

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I found the link for Tom Bricker’s fireworks photography ebook! Spent sometime looking at photo's on his website! Beautiful!!!
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Pixel Dust, Is there any diffrence between the 2? I did a search for ML-L3 & found 2 remotes. The picture shows the same remote for both, I found them on bestbuy.com

Nikon - Wireless Remote for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Model: ML-L3
SKU: 7191077
$29.99


Nikon - ML-L3 Wireless Infrared Shutter Release Remote with 40.5mm UV Filter
Model: 4730-63230-KIT
SKU: 4234358
$29.95
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Pixel Dust, Is there any diffrence between the 2? I did a search for ML-L3 & found 2 remotes. The picture shows the same remote for both, I found them on bestbuy.com

Nikon - Wireless Remote for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Model: ML-L3
SKU: 7191077
$29.99


Nikon - ML-L3 Wireless Infrared Shutter Release Remote with 40.5mm UV Filter
Model: 4730-63230-KIT
SKU: 4234358
$29.95
It appears to be the exact same remote. The second one is a kit that comes with a filter, cleaning kit, and microfiber cloth. Most likely that filter won't fit on any lens you have. It's a small filter size. Though with the cleaning kit and cloth, it just might be worth it.
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The other thing you might want to look in to is a Neutral Density (ND) filter. This allows you to keep the shutter open for a very long time, allowing you to then capture several "bursts" of fireworks on one frame. Here are a few examples that were shot with a 6 (or 8 - can't remember) stop ND filter:

52 second exposure, f10, ISO 400


74 second exposure, f8, ISO 400


B&W makes good ND filters, although they can be a bit pricey. You can go to B&H's website and do a search on ND filters.
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