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Capture Fireworks

9 Tips to better fireworks photo’s

With NYE fast approaching, you may be thinking of capturing your local fireworks display. There are a few ‘essentials’ to capturing fireworks…

1. Use a tripod

A tripod is a must… if you don’t have a tripod you can forget trying to capture the fireworks.

2. Arrive early to grab a good spot

You can be assured that people will stand up in front of you, this is one night where the camera is not going to deter people from blocking your shot, so make sure you get there early and stake your claim!

3. Set your ISO low

Set your camera to it’s base ISO, if you leave it on auto your camera will increase it and you will end up with ‘Noise’ in your images. Most camera’s will let you set ISO to 200, if you can, use ISO100.

4. Use Manual

If your camera has the ability, I suggest turning everything to manual. This way you can have complete control. Set your focus to infinity and your aperture to somewhere between f8 and f16

5. Long Shutter Speeds

Try using different shutter speeds, to capture the light trails you will need  somewhere between 1 and 3 seconds at a minimum.

6. Use Black Cardboard

If your camera has a bulb setting, hold it open and use a black piece of cardboard in front of your lens as the shutter. This way you can get 2 or 3 bursts of fireworks in one frame.

7. Turn OFF your flash

A lot of cameras will automatically flash in the dark… flashers aren’t welcome at any NYE fireworks display… so turn it off…

8. Turn on NR

NR stands for Noise Reduction and if your camera has the ability, set this to on. The only down side of this setting is that it can take longer to save your image to the the memory card, if you find you’re missing the next shot because of this, then turn it off.

9. Use a cable release or the self timer

You want to avoid any vibration in your camera during each exposure, so the best way is to use a cable release (remote), if you don’t have one, then you can use the self timer, the only problem is that usually the minimum time for the self timer is 2 seconds, and you may miss the action… in this case, set your shutter to 30 seconds and use the black cardboard as mentioned in number 6 above.

So there you have it… 9 tips for better fireworks photo’s… HAVE FUN!

Today’s iCandy – Mello Yellow

Sunrise over Bungan Head Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This is a nicely hidden beach that would probably be spared of masses of people as it is a little harder to get to, residents are the only ones aloud to drive down to the beach, for the rest of us mere mortals it is an easy downhill walk in, and a calf muscle busting walk out… enjoy!

Bungan Head Beach

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10 Tips to Better Photos

Brand New eBook Launched

I am pleased at the response in the first 12 hours of this being launched. I announced it last night on my Facebook page and there has been dozens of downloads. It is nice to know that after many hours of compiling my tips and tricks that a lot of you are keen to take a look inside!

Taking better photo’s starts with you making the decision that you need to learn something new… as the old saying goes “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity”. I decided to write this eBook hoping I would help you understand how to take creative control over your camera. The camera is a marvellous tool and used properly, you can create images that will not only impress your friends and family, but even you will sit back and stare at your photo’s in awe!

I see so many people that leave their camera on auto, and in some cases, that is just fine, but if you are wondering why you’re not getting the results you want then this eBook could definitely be for you!

My journey in photography has been one of a stop start nature, sometimes it is easy to make excuses and let ‘life’ get in the way. I decided to just ‘capture life’ and stop making excuses and rarely a day passes where I don’t take a photograph. At the very minimum I will post one on my blog and other social media pages every day.

In this modern day it is as easy as it ever has been to take and share your photo’s with the rest of the world, you probably carry a camera with you every day cleverly integrated into your mobile phone.

It’s now time for you to take creative control over your camera… Enjoy the journey!

Final PhotoWALK for 2012

The final photowalk for 2012 has over 50 photographers registered with over 30 confirmed. The last photowalk was a great success and I am hoping this one will be just as good, if not better! The photowalk is this Sunday Evening kicking off at one of Sydney’s premier photo locations,  Observatory Hill. We will end up in The Rocks once the sun has set and there is a good chance there will be a cold beverage or two enjoyed at this time!

If you’re keen to find out more or come along, visit the Facebook Event Page and register your interest… I hope to see you there!

today’s iCandy – Turimetta Star

If you have been following me for a little while you will know that my favourite sunrise location on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is Turimetta Beach. I get a lot of questions to the exact location of this beach, it is basically North Narrabeen. On the southern end of the beach there are some wonderful rock structures that create all sorts of interesting foreground to shoot… enjoy!

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