If you follow any photography blogs, they probably have a post of ‘Fireworks Photo Tips’ this week. Obviously, this site is focused on photos, so here is my take! Firstly, I enjoy watching fireworks shows. Since it is both an audio, and visual experience, I do not want to spend the entire night concentrating on photos. Thus, I make my setup flexible for me to both capture images while enjoying the show live. As can be seen in the following photo, this is my setup:
At this time, I mounted the camera on a tripod with a 24mm wide-angle lens. Additionally, I installed a remote release so that I could open the shutter without having my hand on the camera. This is the small cord coming out of the left of the camera body. For camera settings, I have the shutter speed set on ‘bulb’. When you have the camera in this mode, you can control when the shutter opens and closes by pressing on the remote release.
With this in mind, I point the camera in the direction of where I think the fireworks will be exploding overhead. With the wide angle lens, there is a good chance that I will get the fireworks in the frame. Moreover, in your post-processing application, you can crop to a nice composition later. Since the backgrounds are dark and the subjects are just streaks of light, these files can handle a lot of cropping.
When I see the firework shot into the sky, I press the remote to open the shutter. Soon after the brightest flash, I close the shutter again to capture the full explosion. You will likely have to spot check during the show to see a result. However, don’t take too long! Adjust your timing quickly so you can go back to watching the show at the same time. Happy 4th!
These photos were from the 2019 Giving Back event, the last one covered for the Tysons Partnership this year. Compared to their large holiday reception, this was a smaller gathering at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It was not, however, smaller in enthusiasm as their crowd was full of holiday spirit. Christmas sweaters were encouraged and unsurprisingly many took advantage!
Thanks again for the Tysons Partnership for having me cover events for them this year! Now that the year is over, I am reviewing the photos from the blog. Overall, I think I delivered on what they were expecting from me, and I hope the Partnership finds the images useful. However, I am very grateful to have had access to their panels, forums, and being in the rooms where Tysons is taking shape. Whenever you stand on top looking down from a new tower, or drive through a newly developed neighborhood, it makes me appreciate the effort to get there. Meghan, Ellen, Ronit, Drew, and Sol, thanks for your support! I hope you have a great holiday season, and I’ll see you for more projects in 2020.
A couple of weeks ago, I covered the 2019 Santa Breakfast at Tysons Corner Center. Similarly to last year, there was a big crowd at the Food Court on Level 3. Santa got all the attention as he arrived by train. Also, Those Funny Little People performed a show while kids made it over to Santa. Although there were no formal photos with Santa while he was sitting in his set, there were still plenty of photos made while he was there. Meanwhile, there were many lined up for face painting and balloon animals. Kelly and Tommy from the Tommy show hosted the program, and they made sure all the vendors that participated were highlighted. Overall, I enjoyed the B8ta table. They had a combination of technology and STEM learning puzzles on display. I’m sure some Christmas ideas were found there!