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Fireworks Photography Processing

It’s not so many years ago that photographing fireworks was a bit of a hit and miss affair. In the old days, before digital single lens reflex cameras, it wasn’t until the photographs had been processed and printed in your dark room (or the local chemist of course) that you got to see what you actually captured; unless you had a polaroid camera.

These days you can now see instantly the results, this can help when looking at the depth of field, white balance, ISO speed, noise and make a decision if a 3 second exposure would be better than 4 seconds, allowing you to make small corrections as you go.

At Christmas I was presented with a new Fuji Finepix S9500 Bridge camera (half way between a point and shoot camera and a full S.L.R) with both telephoto and macro functions. Luckily, it also came with a copy of “Dummies guide to digital photography”! I also joined in with a photography group (on the best known social media site) and started snapping.

Whilst looking at comments online I saw a lot making mention of a clever piece of computer software called Lightroom 5. On researching further, I told my other half I NEEDED this which of course her indoors agreed to.

Following my guide-book I was advised to shoot in Raw format as this type captures the picture as it was taken with very little processing by the camera in advance of viewing whereas when an image is captured in Jpeg format, the resulting image is the cameras best guess at what it should look like with white balance adjustment, ‘noise reduction’ etc.

The best way I could understand the difference was that a raw format shot is like a chocolate cake with the ingredients listed whereas a Jpeg image is a slice of the cake with no further information. However, using this nifty bit of software, which I found very easy to operate from the outset, but with confidence I am now using more and more of the features with some great results. The difference in what the camera captured and what the users finished photograph is easily retouched.

The functionality of the program allows you to change the ISO speed to make the overall picture lighter or darker, colour saturation can be adjusted if the colour is too weak it can easily be corrected by a click of the mouse as can the sharpness of the captured image and the hue, pastel shades of lilac colours can be tweaked to become vivid purples, blues or reds. Blurred images now become sharp so any graining or image distortion is simply rectified.

I found this short online tutorial from Serge Ramelli and following his easy to follow advice I managed to capture these photographs at the very first attempt.

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New Year Firework Photography

It’s a well established fact today that since the eve of the new millennium that people simply LOVE fireworks and it goes hand in glove that today technology is king and today, we can all capture more of those precious memories than ever.

Our society today is such that over 80% of the population have either a decent quality camera or a phone with a good camera facility to hand 24 hours a day. That said, fireworks are renowned for being an especially difficult medium to capture on camera which is one of the reasons we always advise customers who visit the website that whilst you can view every product in our range in video format, we will never be able to catch the full effects you actually view with the human eye.

A beautiful firework appeals to our most basic need for light and colour and whether you love them or hate them (and the majority of haters don’t like them because of their noise rather than the effects of the fireworks) getting a decent shot of a firework is in itself is a task not to be underestimated.

The problem is that unless you are supremely lucky the shots you believed were brilliant at Midnight on NYE actually in the cold light of day are a little underwhelming.

The key to taking a great shot is planning. Try the following (as recommended by professional photographers):

USE A TRIPOD OR FIRM SURFACE – set the frame you want to capture and leave it there. Keeping your hand steady for any length of time is not easy and will result in blurry pictures.

SHOOT IN MANUAL MODE – set the camera ISO to LOW (the experts recommend between 50 – 100) set the aperture to F5.6 for a crisp image.

SET SHUTTER SPEED – photography specialist recommend it to be at 2 seconds.

Turn off the FLASH.

Use MANUAL focus.

Try to position yourself upwind – this will reduce the amount of smoke you will have in the shot.

Take as many shots as you can – around 100 will actually give you around 5 absolutely cracking photographs.

Some android devices have a BURST option – engage this if it is a feature of your device.

Try to get some perspective into the frame be that a tree, a building like a church or sizeable house or even a person’s silhouette – it offers a better indication of the size of the burst.

There are some absolutely beautiful shots online, captured by all manner of cameras including some very old camera phone’s (my favourite all time camera-phone was the Samsung E770 – I took some amazing pictures of everything including a lunar eclipse.

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The Sun Makes Fireworks

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its nothing more than the earths sun, doing its usual thing and burning at 5,400 ºC.

If you could get that onto a rocket stick I would be most impressed.

This beautiful image shows just what can be created with some imagination and a decent camera.

Remember to send us your pics of anything that you think would look good on the Epic Fireworks Blog.

The Sun is nothing more than a firework

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