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Shooting fireworks in auto or manual

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by xbiron, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. xbiron

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    Hi guys,

    I want to shoot a video of a fireworks tonight. It will be near to a lake and I will be abble to shoot it from the lake. I did some shootages when the sun was gone at very dark light, and the image was very noisy.

    My question is what's a good setting to shoot some fireworks ? Is it better I let my P3P decides the best exposure in auto mode and play a little with the EV ? Or in manual mode ?

    Thanks for the tips.

    Xavier
     
  2. phantomized

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    EV 0 leave everything automatic. The bright lights from the fireworks should be enough to give you a nice quality video, try to get as close as possible without flying in to them. Good luck and looking forward to seeing them.

    I filmed a fireworks show once, and if I do it again I would get a bit closer, and do more panning as I'm moving around to give the video a variety of angles. Also, fly over top of them with the camera facing down, some beautiful shots will happen.
     
  3. xbiron

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    Thanks for the tips man. It's a small event in the small city, so don't think they will be so impressive. But I hope they will last long enough to allow me to get the shots I want.
    I love your idea of getting a view from above.
     
  4. druss2001

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    If you do shoot from overhead, check with pyro technicians to verify how high the fireworks will go. Don't want to have them shoot your bird down.
     
  5. xbiron

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    Hum ya… so maybe not this time. I'm still novice, I won't take the chance.
     
  6. phantomized

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    Just do it, no guts no glory. Fly to 400 feet and slowly come down to a comfortable height.
     
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    Haha this is a good comment. Just do it, it's actually not that big of a deal, if anything the drone will fly back.
     
  8. gegetrane

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    Being a photographer/videographer and having shot a couple of fireworks (not many though), I would definitely go for manual with an ISO no more than 400 in video to prevent too much noise. And adjust speed accordingly. For photos I would use ISO 100 only since the opening at f:2.8 is already letting much light from the fireworks enter (with an SLR I use f:5.6 or f:8 for 8-10 seconds).
    IMHO
     
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  9. xbiron

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    Ya right. Do it for glory lol. I'm not rich (and brave) enough to risk my investment. So I've shot it tonight. And everything went well. I was a little too far but I had the wind in front and I was afraid of ashes. Images in auto mode were nice. I will share you the video soon. Thx guys.
     
  10. xbiron

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    Here is the footage of my first fireworks experience
     
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  11. barefootbeachcombing

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    You need to enable playback on other websites in order for us to view it here.

    Right now, it's blocked.
     
  12. xbiron

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    ooops sorry, is it working now ?
     
  13. barefootbeachcombing

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    Yep!
     
  14. gegetrane

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    Bravo xbiron !
    What settings did you use ? Not much noise, so low ISO ?
     
  15. xbiron

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    Thx. Just auto mode. I didnt even play with EV
     
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    Shot my first fireworks experience in 'Auto'.
     
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