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5th November 2012, 10:31 PM
Hi Guys,

Its that time of the year Guy Fawkes and Diwali lots of fireworks will be going off I'll be shooting them for the first time any idea on what settings and lenses would give best results?

Thanks! :)

6th November 2012, 12:05 AM
The E-M5 is great for shooting fireworks.

You'll have to experiment with exposure, shoot manual and start with something like f10 and 5 seconds. Take a few shots and look at them on the screen and adjust exposure as required. Obviously you'll need a tripod or some other kind of support. Also, remember to set ISO to 200, don't leave it on auto.

Set focus to manual and, assuming the fireworks are a set distance away from you, use the first couple of fireworks to get manual focus and then leave it at that setting for the rest of the display.

Remember to get the settings sorted out before you get to the firework display so you're not having to fiddle around too much in the dark.

Which lens depends on how close you are. Prime lenses, such as the 20mm/25mm/45mm, are great for this type of shooting because they're quick and easy to focus manually, but then obviously a zoom gives more flexibility. If you use primes it would probably be best to have something like the 12-50mm with you as well, just in case.

Hope that helps and have fun!