07-06-2015 03:53 PM
You implied a "better low light" camera would do a better job shooting fireworks.
that is not what i was implying...nor what i said. i said your camera was better in lower light than mine, and wondered if my camera could deal with the lower light as well as yours, and i don't think it can. I never said anything about not taking as good a picture because of my camera. But even so, i don't believe my talent at this time would permit me to do as good as you did here, if i had your camera. Now what part of what i'm saying now that you don't understand???? Being critical for critcal sake serves no purpose.
07-06-2015 04:00 PM
"that is not what i was implying...nor what i said."
".. then too, both you guys cameras are much better in low light than mine."
That is a direct copy and paste quote. I didn't make it up. If it doesn't imply the camera made the difference, I need a refresher English course.
I think at this time our relationship needs to part. Good luck with all your photograhpy.
07-06-2015 07:24 PM
hey guys, i never shot fireworks before so this info is good to know. i also know any available light would change the varibles. i did'nt know the light from fireworks would make as much difference as it seemingly does, even being far away. then too, both you guys cameras are much better in low light than mine. i do change my settings for different situations and lighting. i no longer use auto.
There are two operative points here: 1) Fireworks are not necessarily a "low light" situation; and 2) since you usually want to see the "trails" made by the burning elements, you're likely to use a slow shutter speed. A camera doesn't have to be particularly good in low light in order to photograph fireworks.
07-06-2015 07:52 PM
The camera will not be an issue. Any DSLR can do this:
This isn't shot with my 5D II or III... this was shot with my Rebel T1i (years ago). This is ISO 100, f/11, and a 4 second exposure.
I've bolded the ISO to call attention to the fact that this was taken at base ISO (you do not need a camera that can produce low noise at high ISO because you don't necessairly need high ISO). Also notice that I'm using f/11 here.
It's pretty bright and you can see that I could probably have reduced the aperture to f/16 and still had a lot of light.
The shutter speed doesn't control light here ... only the aperture does (well, and ISO sensitivity but that's already down to ISO 100). So basically I'm using f/11 to avoid over-exposure and the shutter speed is simply allowing the capture of the trails.
I actually showed up for a party, was completely unaware that there were going to be any fireworks, and didn't have a tripod. So these are hand-held and I'm doing my best to rest the camera on an object so I can hold the shutter open without moving it.
07-06-2015 08:51 PM
Hey bob, thanks for that info. i have to look at this senario all over again from what you're saying. i see that light really is what cameras are all about. I'm going to give it a shot next time I can catch fireworks. Thanks for the info.
07-06-2015 09:16 PM
Hey Tim. You guys are really throwing me for a loop here. Had you and Bob not told me this, i would have thought shooting at night at ISO 100 and getting good shots was not possible, least not with my camera and lens. I have not shot alot yet at night but when I have my results were not stellar. I mean, i've had my shutter not fire at all at times, and had to move closer to some light and boost my ISO up to 1600 or more and change my f stop. And the shots I have got i did'nt think was good. The only night shots i've taken I deem spectacular was with my Canon SX 60 P&S at appox 1,000mm or so, shooting a full moon. Now that pic is spectaculr, taken in auto. But my 24-105 L and 70-300 L fastest aperture is f4. I thought to be able to get shots at night with my 60D like you and biggs have here...i'd need a faster lens. But if I understand what you and Bob are telling me, that may not be so.
Question.... what's the fastest f stop of the lens you guys used with your night shots???? f2.8 ?????
07-06-2015 09:30 PM
Bob and Tim, this is the best night shot I ever took. I took this in auto, appox 1,000mm, with my Canon SX 60 HS P&S. I have tried to duplicate this shot with my EF 70-300mm L to no avail. I must be doing something wrong with my 60D and Lens. Maybe this is not such a great shot, but I thought it is.
07-06-2015 09:36 PM
07-06-2015 10:10 PM - edited 07-06-2015 10:12 PM
I was aiming a bit lower and smaller...