Saturday 8th Nov marked the annual photography workshop event for Kenilworth Firework display. This event is always a special night for me and i was really pleased to have a full workshop again for the 3rd year running.
This year I took the chance to try and prepare the attendees with more information on camera set-up, gear and capturing technique by sending them a comprehensive guide and set of instructions to digest a week before the event. I am pleased to say that they took up the opportunity and challenge and came very well prepared and it paid dividends for all of them.
Making firework images is far from a point and shoot exercise - there are many considerations and the success of getting good photos relies firstly and mainly on getting or the preparation and set-up correct and secondly learning quickly whilst on the job. The latter point is where i believe you can go from an improved shot to a spectacular shot as you settle into understanding timing, exposure and to a degree the effects desired.
Unlike some other genres of photography, firework images rely 100% on the skill, timing and experience of the photographer - everything is done manually, from focusing to exposure - even designing the composition is done in darkness, so there is a real need for the photographer to work systematically through everything and check and double check and then adjust throughout what is always a brief frantic spell of shooting.
I am delighted to share with you some of the images the attendees made on Saturday - I know they all remarked on the amount of fun they had there and importantly how they were happy with some of the images they created. I hope you enjoy seeing the images as much as I do and would encourage you to share these on your networks and consider booking yourself onto future photography workshops so you can learn and take your skills to new heights.
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