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Fireworks Class Wednesday 06/16/10

It’s that time of year again so please join us for a class on how to capture fireworks.  We will go over the basics on how to get that great shot and talk about how to shoot in the dark.  We will also have an exercise in which we will shoot and bring back our photos to discuss.  This will get us all prepared for the big show on Independence Day.  Please bring yourself down and if you have the following tools bring them as well:

  • Camera
  • Owners manual or knowledge of how to adjust aperture, shutter, and ISO settings
  • Tripod or other stabilization device
  • Batteries

Looking forward to seeing you in the Jr High Room at 7pm 6/16.  If you don’t make it, here are some tips to help your shots:

#1 Use a tripod.
#2 Use a tripod (In case you didn’t get it the first time). Also remember to make sure that the location you are shooting at will allow them.
#3 Turn off your flash.
#4 Focus to infinity (or the farthest object away from the camera)
#5 Know your subject locations and try to use a backdrop that will identify your location. Fireworks by themselves are nice but with a city skyline or other landmark they are even better.
#6 Shoot often or use long exposures for your shot.
#7 Get to your location early for setup and to get a good vantage point.
#8 Try different angles to make the shot more interesting.
#9 If you are shooting digital, check your photo for contrast and sharpness during your shoot.
#10 If you are shooting film, try doing a double exposure (more than one shot on the same frame) for an effect that will add more action to the picture. You can duplicate this process using Photoshop or other editor for digital.

Practice can be done on the SeaWorld Fireworks from June 19-July 3 (9:50 p.m.)  Best location for these shows will be Crown Point.

Even though there are environmental lawsuit threats that started last year, the big three fireworks are still going on as planned for Independence Day.  Included in this are the Port of San Diego Big Boom Fireworks, La Jolla Cove, and the Del Mar Fair displays.  We will update this blog as the day approaches with times and locations of all the San Diego fireworks displays.


Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer

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