We're heading towards November 5th and the night all photographers dream about getting those amazing rocket photos. So let me help you a little.....
I took these whilst at Disneyland Paris last October. I stood my ground for over two hours to ensure that I had the best possible place to get me the best possible photo.
I used a simple lightweight tripod and of course a tripod is essential for this type of photo. I used a Canon 5D MKIII with the 24-105mm f4 L series lens.
I put my camera into Bulb mode and used a release cable to the shutter. My ISO was 100 as I wanted the best quality I could get and my aperture was set at f11. I used a remote to trigger the shutter to ensure I didn't get any camera shake and I anticipated the rockets going up.
For most of my photos I opened the shutter for about a count of 15 seconds, which I counted in my head! So using the remote, I pressed the shutter open prior to any rockets going up and once they had fully exploded (about 10-15 seconds) I released the button to close the shutter.
The following photos are the result of using the above settings. Quite happy to answer any questions regarding long exposure or getting top quality firework photos.
I hope this inspires you to get out there to get some awesome firework photos this year...please comment with a link to your photos... (y)