How to Photograph Fireworks

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Fireworks photo © Copyright Ed Krimen

July 4th is coming up and that means it’s time for fireworks! Fireworks are really easy to photograph, but there’s a few things you’ll need to make your fireworks photos look their best.

I’ve written an article entitled “Top 5 Tips for Shooting Fireworks” that explains it all, but here’s the basics:

  1. Use a tripod. With a tripod, you’ll get nice steady shots without having to worry about shaking the camera.
  2. Use your camera’s remote control or timer. This way you won’t move or shake the camera at all during the shot.
  3. Long exposure times and shutter speeds. Try setting your camera to 3- or 4-second exposures, or even longer. If your camera doesn’t allow for manual exposures, try using one of these modes: fireworks mode, nighttime mode, or landscape mode.
  4. Turn off the camera flash. Since it’ll be dark, the camera will think it needs the flash, but it really won’t need flash because the fireworks will be bright enough. Flashes only illuminate the area within a few feet of the camera anyway.
  5. Location, Location, Location. Location and timing are always important factors, as we learned from Michael Reichmann’s article “Where and When“ in the Photobird Learning Center. Make sure you have an unobstructed view of the area where the fireworks will be shown.

Read the article “Top 5 Tips for Shooting Fireworks” for more details.

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