Remember, remember the fifth of November…and don’t forget your camera! If you’re heading out to enjoy some firework fun this Bonfire Night, we’ve got some top tips to help you take fantastic photos of the bright and beautiful display above your head.
Find the best spot to stand
Find a place which gives you an unobstructed view of the sky, but not too close to the fireworks – you don’t want to be craning your neck all night!
There’s no predicting which way a firework will throw out its colourful sparks, so make sure you leave plenty of room in the frame to capture it exploding either vertically or horizontally. You should also use a wide lens to ensure you can cover a big expanse of the sky.
Think about the foreground
Bonfire Night offers lots of opportunities to capture some excellent (and slightly eerie!) silhouettes. From people in the crowd to trees and buildings, keep your eye out for objects you can place in the foreground of your photos to add interest.
Set up a tripod
Remember that rockets can take three or four seconds to reach their peak, so a slow exposure is required. This means a steady hand is a must, but a tripod is even better.
Prepare your camera
For the best results, turn off your flash and use manual mode so you can control the exposure and aperture. A good place to start for your camera settings is ISO 100 – 200, f/11 aperture and ½ second shutter speed.
If your photos look too dark, simply tweak the shutter speed to make it slower and allow more light in, while keeping the aperture setting the same. Keep slowing down the shutter speed until you get the desired effect. Remember you’ll need a tripod for slower shutter speeds, otherwise your photos will come out blurry.
Avoid the smoke
Make sure you stand upwind of the blowing smoke. Not only is this more comfortable, but it will make your photos clearer too. If possible, take most of your pictures at the beginning of the display when the smoke hasn’t built up too much, then spend the latter part of the night focusing on capturing some cool smoky silhouettes of the spectators.
Don’t forget the sparklers!
Close ups of sparklers make brilliant Bonfire Night photos, but remember to wear gloves if you’re handling them, and keep their sparks well away from your phone or camera.
Whatever you get up to on the fifth of November, from enjoying the fireworks to sheltering indoors with the dog (like me), have a great time and take lots of lovely photos! Share your snaps with us on Facebook too, we’d love to see them.