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07-06-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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Color control for Fireworks?

Okay, set up for fireworks.

ISO for K-3 '100', K-5II '80'. shutter: 4-6 seconds f-stop: 8-13 WB: Auto

So what I get is nice shots, mostly on the red side though.

Thoughts, suggestions?


07-06-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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Shoot Raw. Go for WB Tungsten.
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I am by NO MEANS an expert, but I had a similar set up, except with a higher sensitivity (200) and shorter shutter speed (around 2 seconds, more or less). I wish I had used a longer shutter, to get trails, but I was focused on getting the colors to come out. Post processing was vital, and I found toning back the contrast and highlights helped the colors show, then I deepened the blacks to give it a "pop". (I shot them all in RAW and set white balance to "Flash".)

Edit: I stuck to an aperture from 8 to 13, also, but most of the shots were taken at f/11.

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You have to adjust white balance so the lights look the way you experienced them.
Or, if you have surroundings (if there are houses or people in the shot), make them look acceptable.
You have two approaches:
a) neutralize the WB (turn yellow tungsten lights to white. AWB will probably fail)
b) use WB to accentuate the colours (so yellow city lights stay yellow). For this one, I think you can choose white balance CTE (or maybe even "daylight"?)

Best is if you shoot raw, then take one photo, adjust WB, and keep it for all the other photos.

QuoteOriginally posted by morph00 Quote
So what I get is nice shots, mostly on the red side though.
thats okay, if the fireworks were red

Oh and btw, I think the camera also has a Scene mode for Fireworks. You can give it a try, see how you like the results, see what the camera think is a good way to take photos of fireworks then work from there

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