This year was my first attempt at taking pictures of fireworks with my Nikon D40. I researched the Internet, made a checklist of the camera settings I needed to make, and trekked off to take some fantastic pictures. It was a learning experience and I was a little disappointed with my results.
Here’s what I’ll do differently next time:
- Scope out a good location – we got all set up only to be told we had to move about 5 minutes before the show began. We ended up with street lights and utility wires blocking our view. Because of that I had to crop, and it looks kind of weird.
- Get closer – either in actual distance or focal point. I think I was afraid of getting TOO close.
- Not hold the shutter open so long – I think the shorter exposure times (3-6 seconds) were best.
- Make sure I refocus the camera once I move it and pay attention to the display screen!
- Pick a better fireworks show – in all but a couple of instances they only shot off one at a time.