'Cause Baby You're A Firework!
Who doesn't like a good firework show... other than my dog Copper who, at one point, was so scared that he tried to dig through a mattress to get away from the noise.
This last summer my family was invited to a "Fourth of July" party some friends where having. They were going to be putting on their own fireworks show. I was excited to attend because it would give me a chance to do some firework photography with my new camera. Oh yeah... and we got to spend some time with some great friends.
In June of 2017, I had purchased the newest (at that time) Nikon camera, a D7500. The D7500 has some amazing features, but one of them that I was most interested in using was the ability to do interval shooting. I told the camera how long of an exposure to take, how often to take a photo, and how many photos to take. It was awesome, and super easy to do.
While researching on Tony and Chelsea Northup's Youtube page, I learned about two different ways to capture images of fireworks. The first was called bulb mode, and the second was interval shooting. In the section about interval shooting they gave guidelines for settings. I practiced for the first several shots to figure out what exposure settings worked best and then finally decided what numbers to use. I programmed my D7500 with 18-55mm kit lens to take 5 second exposures. I had it start a new capture every 6 seconds and programmed in 300 photos! Once I pressed start, the camera did all the work and I could sit back, relax, and watch the show.
The show ended before the camera was done taking the 300 photos, so I did have a little bit of an issue with, "What do I do now?" I'm not sure if it was what I was suppose to do, but I just turned the power off on the camera! It worked, I guess, because the camera quit taking pictures and when I turned it back on later the program wasn't running. I should probably read on how I'm actually suppose to interrupt interval shooting.
When I got home I looked through the photos, I was very pleased. Not all of them were good, though. There were a few that just captured empty sky, and several of the very end of a burst, and some that just captured the firework on its way up. I did however end up with 48 captures that showed the shell going up and the full explosion. I was thrilled to have captured some amazing images, and can't wait to try again... next time there are fireworks around.
Song: Firework by Katy Perry