Photographing fireworks using Olympus OMD E-M1ii Live composite and photoshop

April 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

St. Patricks Day Maritime Parade and fireworks, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland.Composite multi-exposure image of fireworks in Kinsale Harbour, St. Patricks Day, 2018. Photographing fireworks has always been a challenge and even today, with modern digital cameras, it requires some planning and technique. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track.

A great innovation in the most recent Olympus cameras are the 'Live' long exposure settings. This essentially draws a preview of your image as it is captured, not unlike seeing a print develop in the darkroom. There are three settings: Live bulb, Live time and Live Composite. The latter is the most useful for fireworks as it really helps to keep the exposures from over-exposing.

It really helps to speak to the organisers of the event beforehand. If you know where the fireworks are being launched from, you have a better idea of where the best photographic viewpoint is likely to be.


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