Rocket Firework Photography

October 29, 2009  •  Leave a Comment
Everybody loves the firework & I love to shoot the firework! I especially love to shoot the Rocket firework.

A rocket iswhizz a pyrotechnic device made out of a paper tube that propels itself into the air in order to fly. Types of rockets include the skyrockets, which have a stick to provide stability during airborne flight; missiles, which rotate rather than having a stick for stability, or are shot out of a tube; and bottle rockets, smaller fireworks – 1½ in (3.8 cm) long, though the attached stick extends the total length to approximately 12 in (30 cm) – that usually contain whistle effects... From Wikepedia

Here are some of the tips about shooting these kind of photograph. You need a tripod without that it is not possible to shoot these images. Framing should be vertical as the subject is.

1. By taking precautions we will ensure that it will go upwards but it is difficult to know what path it will follow. I use wide angle lens for this. Currently I don't have a lens much wider than 18mm. Using telephoto lens for capturing the abstract of firework may also give nice shots.

2. I place the rocket in a bottle on a surface area with substantial height while placing my camera on a tripod at lower height than the rocket. Take precaution for keeping your camera at safe distance since sometimes the nasty rocket may explode instead of giving a visual treat to your eyes.

3. Use low ISO for avoiding any noise & artifacts.

4. Shooting in manual mode is preferable. Use the aperture & shutter speed settings as given below.

5. Use Aperture in the range of f/8 to f/16 since these objects emit light with high brightness.I also use polarizer for avoiding overexposed shots.

6. This is most important setting. I use shutter speed in the range of 5-10 seconds. I keep the camera in timer mode & press the shutter button just before igniting the rocket. The complete event may take around 2-3 seconds but the long duration will help me to keep further away from camera after pressing the shutter button. If you have a remote cable release you can do it in better way by putting the camera in bulb mode & ending the capture after completion of the event.

7. Focusing is a bit tricky. I use manual focus & by using torch I keep focus on the rocket before taking the actual shot. My 18-55 doesn't have marking of infinity. If you have it then keep it on that.

8. Tweak with your settings after observing the results of your trial shots.

Hope you find this article useful & keep on shooting :)

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