Bonfire night is an exciting time for both individuals and families to enjoy. There are lots of events and activities on offer and plenty of delicious toffee apples to get your teeth stuck into!
Whether you’re an experienced photographer or you’re just starting out in the field, Bonfire Night presents lots of opportunities for you to test your skills and perfect your photography. From the bright blazing bonfires to crazy Catherine Wheels, wherever you decide to point your lens, you won’t be short of things to photograph at this fantastic event.
I’ve teamed up with the experts over at The Case Farm to help you finesse your photography in time for Bonfire Night, so you can get out there and get stuck into the festivities on offer!
1. Use a Tripod
With all the movement and lights, it can be difficult to get a good photo with a hand held camera or phone. Using a tripod allows you to stabilise your camera and prevent any unwanted blurriness in your photos.
If you’re using your smartphone to take photos, consider investing in a smartphone tripod, to steady your phone and get some great photos. Alternatively, take your DSLR tripod out on your Bonfire Night festivities to capture every fantastic firework moment!
2. Use a Lower ISO
It’s better to use your camera’s manual settings rather than automatic settings, to give you more control over your resulting photography.
Using a lower ISO will reduce the ‘noise’ in your photo and will help you get clearer, crisper photos of the fireworks.
An ISO of around 100 or 200 should work, but have a play around with your camera’s settings and see what works for you!
3. Get your Best Shots at the Start
As the evening goes on, the smoke from the bonfire and the firework display can release lots of smoke into the sky, creating a cloudy, hazy effect.
This can prevent you from getting clear, crisp photos, so it’s best to get your photos as soon as the display starts. This allows you take advantage of the clear night sky and see the fireworks in all their glory!
4. See if you can Capture any Silhouettes
The bonfire’s bright orange glare can make a stunning backdrop. This allows you to create silhouettes of your subjects with the beautiful bonfire in the background.
To do this, you should use a wide aperture (low f-stop in your camera settings) and zoom in on people in front of the bonfire. This allows you to blur out the bonfire in the background and you can capture your subject without them getting too close to the bonfire.
5. Limit Your use of Flash
Whilst flash can come in handy when getting pictures of your kids’ beaming faces, when capturing things like fireworks and bonfires, it’s best to let more light into your photos by using a large aperture.
Using a large aperture (low f-stop in your camera’s settings) lets more light into your lens without the need for a backlight or flash, which can come in handy with night-time photography.
Whilst there are some general rules to follow to get your best bonfire night photography, it will usually involve trial and error to see which settings work best for the effect you’re trying to create.
This article from LifeHack shows you the different effects that changing your settings will have on your photography, but other than that, have a play around and see what you can come up with!
Thanks for reading!xx