Taking Pictures of Fireworks

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A thing almost everyone enjoys are fireworks, and as good Lomographers we try to be, we want to photograph it. The last verbena de Sant Pere and Sant Pau, I tested my LC-A, and it passed the fireworks exam with good qualifications!

To take good pictures of fireworks, what materials are necessary?

  • Tripod
  • A camera with bulb mode.
  • A wired trigger.
  • Film with a lower ISO.
  • Black tape.

The first and most important thing is a stable tripod. A lot of tripods could be useful to take group photographs (and we can appear in that photo). But to take night photos we need the most stable tripod we can get.

Credits: lilithmoon

Once we choose our tripod, we must choose the camera to use. In my case I used the LC-A, because I have the remote trigger (it came in the box) and it’s an automatic camera. But that mustn’t be a restriction for us, we could use Lubitel 2, Diana F+, Holga or Sprocket, as I say before, any camera with bulb mode will do.

In the Lubitel’s case, we can couple a wired trigger but it is completely manual, which is more complicated. Especially for the first time we photograph fireworks in analog. With other cameras like the Diana, the Holga or the Sprocket Rocket, all of them have bulb mode but you have to hold the trigger, and that could move the photo. The Diana brought a piece to hold the trigger by it self, but when you place or remove that piece, the camera could move also and like the other cameras, the picture could move.

Credits: lilithmoon

Go on, once you put the camera on the tripod, if you chose the LCA+ like me, you must cover with black tape the place where it uses to calculate the opening and the exposure time.

Once I did it, just connect the wired trigger, load the reel and prepare ourselves to enjoy with the fireworks.

I chose the normal reel of Lomography, because it can let more exposure time without risk of burning it. To be honest I chose the exposure times using my instincts, between 5 or 15 seconds. It depends on the brightness of the fireworks, in that way you can see superimposed different kinds of light.

Credits: lilithmoon

That is all. It is easy and the results could be amazing :).

LOMO ON!!!

written by lilithmoon on 2012-09-04 in #gear #tipster #tipster #fireworks #long-exposure #camera
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5 Comments

  1. reminator
    reminator ·

    Very cool, one of the things on my to photograph list, but first I need a wide-angle lens for my camera so I can capture the fireworks in nice wide framing!

  2. dandyzim
    dandyzim ·

    I want to try too! :) Nice shots!

  3. lilithmoon
    lilithmoon ·

    Thanks to everyone!
    @reminator These photos are not made with a wide-angle lens, but I guess to be made ​​in the attic of a friends with fireworks right outside important influence on the results. :P
    @dandyzim Thanks! I hope to see your photos!

  4. radiactive
    radiactive ·

    Love!

  5. adhi_karno
    adhi_karno ·

    nice info.. thanks :D

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