Fireworks will be filling the night sky over the next few days and if you're looking to catch a few shots of the celebration, you'll want to keep in mind a few tips that will help you get the shot. Here are a few tips you'll want to consider:
1.Bring a tripod.
You'll want to use a long exposure, so bring a sturdy tripod so you can get a nice, crisp shot. Relying on something to lean against will limit what you include in your composition.
2. Turn Off Auto Focus, and Set to Infinity.
Pre-focus and make your composition before the fireworks start. If your auto-focus in on, your camera is going to freak out because it won't have any contrast to focus on. It's best to focus on infinity, as the fireworks will be a fairly good distance from you anyway.
3. Manual Exposure Mode.
You'll want to get out of any automatic or priority setting and shoot on manual. The bright colors against the night sky will throw off any automatic exposure meters anyway, so just be checking your exposure as you shoot to make sure your shots are looking good. You'll want to use a slower shutter speed to drag out the colors and streaks in the sky.
Don't be fooled by the dark night sky. Use a medium to deep DOP to make sure that multiple levels of fireworks will be sharp, plus you'll want to make sure the highlights of the fireworks are exposed well. Try somewhere between F8 and F16, but you'll have to check as you shoot.
5. Fire Away
Try to shoot as much as you can earlier in the show. As more and more fireworks go off, the sky will be filled with smoke and create a hazy affect.