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Filming fireworks

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by salwaterclown, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. salwaterclown

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    Can anyone give me some advice on filming fireworks? Tonight is New Year's Eve so there will be plenty going off. Thanks


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  2. latinice2121

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    Be very careful make sure that there are not any people around you could get a ticket for endangerment of the public
     
  3. ParsnipHysorter

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    Wow, they're not here yet? Well just wait because they are coming to this thread, they will propagate the entrenched rumor that flying after dark is illegal. They will not ask what country you are in, since they will automatically assume you are in the U.S. And even then they will spread the Myth of the Law according to Them.
     
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    What about camera settings?

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  5. ParsnipHysorter

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    I don't have much experience with this myself. But I'm going to try tonight! What I've heard is leave the settings on Auto and turn off the red LEDs, and that's it.
     
  6. m0j0

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    Interesting... Might give it a try.
     
  7. Oso

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    Wow, so many "fireworks" threads being started today!

    My experience from the US Independence Day celebration in July is that unless your P3 is very close to the fireworks as they explode in the air it is difficult to get good photos or videos. The bummer being that if you try to get close, you risk flying over people watching the fireworks. Maybe if you know where the show will be in advance you can think about a good route to take in the air to get close and avoid people. Certainly turn off your front red LEDs for the actual photos or video recording, but for better visibility perhaps turn them back on while traveling to and from your ground locations.

    I recall at the time that someone posted a video of his Phantom being right on top of the explosions. One explosion seemed to be directly in front of his camera. It was pretty awesome to see I must admit, though having his Phantom that close to basically ground to air missiles was certainly questionable!

    UPDATE: Here's the link to that video I mentioned. I think his Phantom gets hit at about the 2:25 mark, but the whole thing is spectacular. Plus, Bocelli is crazy awesome.
    Note: I am NOT suggesting that anyone try this at home!
    @salwaterclown - the video shows fireworks from a barge on the water.
     
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  8. salwaterclown

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    Wow thanks for responding. This is someone's personal display and they live on the water. I just didn't know how high or far away I should be. Already lost the phantom 2. I can't come home with an empty case. It would ensure divorce;)


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    For video, If you are recording a professional fireworks show try to expose for any ambient light on the ground with an exposure about -.3 to -.7 so that you can lightly see the ground. Keep your shutter slow to try and capture the trails.

    If your trying to capture some kids lighting off small fireworks then you likely have to open your ISO pretty high because the light thrown will be minimal.

    Auto can do a decent job if your not sure what to expect. It's often difficult to change your settings midway though shooting fireworks because you can miss a lot while you are adjusting and shooting.
     
  10. Oso

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    That was funny. Good luck sir. Happy new year.
     
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    Nice post , also a nice avatar photo too in the profile.


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  12. Oso

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    @salwaterclown - did you get your video of the fireworks?
     
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    ImageUploadedByPhantomPilots1451665606.653928.jpg Happy New Year!!
     
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    I filmed this last night at 800 iso, which I think is perfect with the way the P3P is now.
     
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    That's sick!


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  16. sethmote

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    This was our first go out fireworks. Had 3 phantom 3 pros.

     
  17. sethmote

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    Great video!!!
     
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    Here's mine from the holidays. Select 4K on the bottom.

     
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