How to get proper images of a firework


  • Use a good tripod
  • Use a remote control (a simple cable trigger is best)
  • 100 ISO and apetruer 11 or 200 ISO and f/16 respectively (starting point)
  • M + bulb or B
  • Fokus manually to infinite
  • Release thes shutter before the firework display (individual figure) begins, close it when it is finished.

Don't do new year/hogmanay

About 99.9% of all well done firework shaps are from professional altitude fireworks. Private fireworks play in a different league. You hardly know where exactly is is fired, how high it gets and the air is full of smoke. (And you are probably not sober yourself and will make mistakes :-) )

While sharping a photograph, it really does not become any sharper because no algorithm in the world can create image data that has not been there before.

The algorithm detects edges, that is where areas of different color or brightness actually touch. In the areas surrounding these edges the contrast is enhanced.
Doing so, it well creates an impression of sharpness.


(Unsharp mask with various values for radius. The original is top left.)


Have a close look at the first two photographs. Those are four strip light portraits composed into one family portrait 




Although this is quite some popular editing style, here is a common mistake. All individual photographs are taken with the same distance to the models. When composing the models appear to stand next to each other but partly behind each other so that the distance to the camera appears different in the composing. By doing so the propotional size of he models does not seem to match reality.

This effect is not related to displaying he smallest head to the left or in front of the others respectively. To demonstrat that I composed the faces from the smallest to the largest and vice versa.

Why is that?

How the Sun may damage your Camera

Luckily this never happened to myself.

During the past years I saw worried questions about this risk in various forums and discussion groups. Amongst them I found view reports about actual damage. Some of these amateur photographers I asked for sample pictures and the permission to share it in this article. So don't thank me for this article but thank them for sharing their experience. However, I do not name any publicly because I don't want to expose them to any kind of embarrassment.

When the sunlight falls through the lens into the body then it will meet the inside of the body more or less focus. Basically that is what the lens is about, to focus the motive on the pane of the sensor or film. Let us look at this more closely in two scenarios.