The New Canon 320EX The past few days I have been able to sit down and play with the new Canon 320EX flash. With this flash it seems that Canon went back to the drawing board to create just a basic flash with a few extra perks. With its manually adjustable flash head for 24mm or 50mm lens coverage (equivalent to 15mm or 32mm lenses on APS-C cameras) it covers a ton of range for the first time DSLR buyers who don’t want to drop $500 for their first flash. One of my favorite things about this flash would have to be the remote control transmission which is a new feature where you can fire the camera with the Speedlite 320EX. When held off-camera, press the flash’s remote release button, and fire the compatible EOS camera*. Another totally new innovation: a large LED illuminator for video lighting of nearby subjects, or for use as a viewing/focusing assist during still shooting which would come in handy for any low-light situation.
* Compatible EOS bodies for Remote Control Transmission: EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS Rebel T3i, T2i, T1i, XSi, XTi, XT, and original EOS Digital Rebel
For those shooting fireworks for the first time this info may help. For the oldies at doing fireworks, please send your tricks and suggestions and I will assemble these and pass on to one and all.
1. Always use tripod (& camera remote control/cable release)
To be able to capture requires long exposure times ( 4-10 secs). You will definately need a tripod to do that kind of shot. There’s no way you can hold your camera for at least 5 secs without making any movement. The camera remote control is used to ensure that you won’t have to physically touch the shutter release thus eliminating the possibility of camera shake.
2. Your Focus Setting
If you have a point and shoot digital camera, try to set your camera to landscape mode which typically designated by an icon that looks like a small mountain range. This will set you lens to infinity that will free you from any focusing issues.
If you have a DSLR camera, then it’s better if you set your camera to M (manual) mode and also manually set your lens to infinity.
3. Your Exposure Setting
There’s no exact rules for your exposure settings, where shorter exposures don’t always capture the full burst and longer exposures tend to produce washed-out results. The beauty of Digital camera is that you can always check your picture before deciding the next exposure setting to get a better picture. My first fireworks picture is always set at ISO 100 at f/16 and 8 secs – I adjust the shutter speed from that point.
If you have a B (Bulb) shutter speed setting you can use it to control exactly how long your shutter is open. The trick is to open the shutter right at the beginning of the burst and close it when it reaches its peak. You may want to bring a gobo (I will tear the cardboard off a legal pad) to cover the lens when in Bulb mode. You can remove the GOBO when a burst occurs, cover, remove, cover and add different explosions to one exposure……play around with your creative side!
Using one of the suggested apertures listed below, you can use your preview to test and then compensate the aperture accordingly.
Aperture range: f/5.6 – 11
Aperture range: ƒ/8 to 16
Aperture range: ƒ/11 to 22
It’s highly recommended that you’re using ISO 100, which makes your correct aperture will be somewhere between ƒ/8 and ƒ/16. As I mentioned earlier, watch the first few explosions of the fireworks show in the camera’s preview. You don’t want the exposure to wash out the colors of the red, blue and green bursts. They should appear clearly, but they should show their actual color rather than wash out to a yellow/clear tone.
4. Always use the lowest ISO setting & Highest Quality Setting
In the digital world; long exposures, higher ISO settings, and even higher temperatures can introduce noise into your digital photographs. You can’t avoid long exposures when shooting fireworks, but you can always choose a lower ISO setting.
By choosing a high Quality-setting you will reduce the amount of compression applied to your images. Less compression means fewer image artifacts and ultimately better image quality. Shoot RAW is your camera alows.
5. Bring extra batteries & memory cards
Have backup batteries in the event that your primary batteries give out during the show. Also don’t get so excited in the beginning that you fill your card before the grand finale. A good finale will produce peak light, color, and excitement. So make sure you have ample storage space available. Also make sure that your batteries have enough power to photograph the finale.
That’s it ! Good luck and enjoy the show…
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