This might fit better in the lens forum, but I figured everyone in this forum has similar lenses to mine....I just read Ned Levi's excellent advice on photographing fireworks. One of his tips is to set the focus to infinity. My 18-55 & 55-300 lenses do not have distance markings on them. How do I set the focus to infinity?
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Infinity is probably not the distance you are looking for, but given the small apertures normally used it is good enough. Also good enough is any distant object "near" the fireworks launch site.---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+Joseph KSeattle, WA, USAD700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX
Would it also work to focus at the hyperfocal distance appropriate for the lens, focal length, & sensor size?
The hyperfocal distance will probably also work. However, I would set the focus in much deeper since the fireworks will be more distant.For example, for this series I prefocused on the Space Needle while the fireworks are a mile or so beyond it. But at f/11, the depth of field more than covers it.For folks shooting at a closer distance than "across the bay", getting the focus distance right will help some. But deep into the hyperfocal distance should do a reasonable job.---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+Joseph KSeattle, WA, USAD700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX
Unfortunately all my fireworks opportunities were rained out. But I will keep your advice in mind the next time.
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