Tips for Successful Fireworks Photography

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

With the summer coming up and different celebrations you may have the opportunity to photograph some fireworks.  If you’re in the USA you have the 4th of July, in Canada July 1st. In many other places you can find fireworks festivals or competitions even, or special occasions when fireworks may be set off including weddings, New Years Day or course and of course at Disneyland!

So here’s a few tips to help you photograph fireworks. The biggest thing to remember is that it’s all about practice, experimentation, and the following mantra (say it with me!)


Please remember that if you’ve never tried fireworks before it’s all trial and error and I’ve made a lot of mistakes myself before I got any images that I was happy to show anyone.  Each time I photograph fireworks there’s always some element that’s unpredictable so you have to learn to adapt and learn from your own mistakes, correct for next time and do it again. So take these tips to help you get started.

Read all of Darlene Hildebrandt’s tips for fireworks photography, originally posted at the Digital Photography School blog.

1 Comment

  1. Ben Heys
    September 16, 2013

    Some great tips in that article but in the end shooting fireworks is pretty simple. Mid-narrow aperture, iso 100 (or close) & use a shutter release to hold the shutter open until you get the fireworks you want.

    Oh and use a tripod (naturally)


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