How to Take Intentional Camera Movement Shots with Fireworks

June 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Part 3 of 4.

Last week's post was based on a near disaster when I forgot my tripod for my fireworks shoot.  This week is what I developed after I had time to think about intentional camera movement (ICM).  I thought I was a pioneer and discovered a new technique, but I was wrong others have done this long before me.  But I was proud, nonetheless, to discover this on my own before reading about others.

ICM is similar to Erratic Camera Movement, but with control.  So, we are back with a tripod but with movement.  Erratic is just that, it is erratic and can be any shape you desire.  ICM on the other hand is camera movement on a single axis.  This axis can be back and forth, up and down, or any angle you can conjure up with your camera on a tripod or maybe a monopod.

While the erratic camera movement calls for very small movements, ICM will be a long sweeping motion.

The settings for ICM will be the same for the erratic camera movement.  Stick with 5 seconds for your first couple of pictures in this mode if you use manual mode with a slow shutter speed.  But I recommend using "Bulb Mode" so you have total control of how long the shutter is open.  My photos below are mostly under 5 seconds  To get a bigger range to move with the fireworks, try the wider focal length on your camera.  With an 18-35mm lens, start at 18mm.  You will also want to shut off the shutter timer if you had it on for the standard firework shots.
 

Links to the other parts of this series.

Part 1: How to Nail the Best Fireworks Photos
Part 1 on YouTube

Part 2: How to Take Erratic Camera Movement Shots with Fireworks
Part 2 on YouTube

Part 3: How to Take Intentional Camera Movement Shots with Fireworks
Part 3 on YouTube

Part 4: How to take Zooming Photo Shots with Fireworks
Part 4 on YouTube coming June 17

 

 


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