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How to Photograph Fireworks


In just a few days the sky will be lit with fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. It’s a long weekend full of fun, laughter, and lots of picture taking.

Fireworks can be a bit difficult to capture so we’ve made a list of tips to help you plan and take some awesome firework photos!

  1. Scope Out the Area Early: Arrive very early to claim the spot you want to photograph from for good shots. This will also help to avoid obstructed views. Make sure to think about a skyline, bodies of water, and other elements when you choose your spot for a more powerful final image.
  2. Use a Tripod and Remote Release: The less you touch your camera, the better. The tripod will keep your camera stable during these long exposure shots and the release lets you take the picture without touching your camera. An electronic or wireless release will give you great results.
  3. Turn Off Your Flash: This will distract from the main focus and trick your camera into thinking it needs a short exposure time.
  4. Shoot in Manual Mode: Turn off auto and turn on manual. After selecting manual, the focus will remain constant and you’ll have set the focus before it gets too dark to see. Once the fireworks start, you can check your focus to make sure you’re still on target.
  5. ISO and Aperature: Set your ISO at a low setting, preferably at 100 or 200. A low ISO will prevent noise from being introduced into your images and will give you the cleanest shots possible. A good range for aperature is f/8 to f/16. With this you can easily capture the light trails and streaks. Test out and adjust the different ranges of ISO and aperature until you get the result you’re after.

Did you capture some great photos of fireworks? Make a ProShow slideshow of your 4th of July weekend! Also, try incorporating the fireworks and light warp effects from the ProShow FX Pack Volume 6 to make your slideshow pop.

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Kathy is the Marketing Coordinator at Photodex. She likes to be creative with photography and programs like Photoshop. What she thought was a hobby growing up became a career. She enjoys living in Austin, but also loves to adventure to new places.