Flash on or off? Do you need a tripod? These seven great tips from Canon Singapore will help you take the best photos of fireworks.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually have to be up-close to a fireworks display to nab the perfect shot.
In fact, it can be difficult to capture the full display in one panoramic shot if you’re standing too close to these bursts of light, says Edwin Teoh, Canon Singapore’s assistant director for consumer business marketing.
Here, Teoh shares his tips on how to take the best fireworks shots this festive season.
1. Location, location, location
Start scouting for a good spot early, before the crowds arrive. An ideal location should have a clear, unobstructed view of the fireworks.
Be mindful of how wind direction may affect your photo, advises Teoh. If you’re standing downwind, you may end up shooting through a veil of smoke that will interfere with the colour, sharpness and clarity of your photos.
2. Turn your camera’s mode dial to ‘M’ for manual
This turns off the auto exposure. As you are shooting bright lights against a dark backdrop, the auto exposure in your camera would wash out the fireworks’ brilliant colours.
3. Mount your camera on a tripod or a sturdy stand
Shaky hands can ruin a good shot, so bring a tripod with you.