Capturing Fireworks with a DSLR and “kit” lens

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Fireworks are very quick and create brilliant colors.  The photograph here was created last night (July 4, 2013).  The equipment used was the folowing; Canon Rebel XS, 18-55 mm IS II lens, a sturdy tripod, and a cable release.  The photo was made by setting the camera to Bulb, ISO 100, and an exposure of 6 seconds, F11.  I had always wanted to capture fireworks and arrived early to find the right place to set up.  Be sure that you are setting up your tripod and camera away from the crowd and those shooting off their own private fireworks, as the smoke and dirt can interfere with the image you are wanting to obtain.  The photograph here is one out of seven total images from the 4th of July event.  You can see all of the images on my Flickr website and my Fine Art America website.

Have you tried to capture fireworks?  Do you prefer one burst images, or the multiple bursts?  Would you use a kit lens or buy a telephoto lens for your fireworks photographs?

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About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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