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How to photograph fireworks with Cyber-shot

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Using the Fireworks scene selection allows you to automatically shoot at settings best for photographing fireworks.
With cameras that allow manual shooting, changing shutter speed and other settings allows you to shoot more dynamic photographs.

Fireworks are photographed with slow shutter speed, so camera shake can easily occur. To prevent blurring, the use of a tripod is recommended.

When photographing in Fireworks mode

  1. Set SCN (Scene Selection) to Fireworks.
  2. Zoom out to the W side.
  3. Press the shutter button when the fireworks burst. (View the photograph taken, and confirm the timing of the shot and the brightness.)

NOTE: If too dark or too bright, change the brightness (Exposure Compensation). Adjusting brightness (Exposure compensation) in the + direction makes the photograph brighter, and adjusting in the - direction makes it darker.

If the camera does not have a Fireworks mode, try manual photography.

Rough settings for manual photography

NOTE: After taking a few shots, check the photographs taken, and then adjust to the desired settings for ISO sensitivity, aperture, etc.

Flash Off
ISO ISO100 - ISO200
White Balance Auto
Focus With manual focus, set to infinity.
Shutter speed Around 2 to 5 sec.
Aperture value F8 - F11