How to Photograph Fireworks


Fireworks are bright. Regardless of your camera, you should be able to shoot a decent photo.. so get out there this week and give it a try!
There are so many ways to take a great photo. Here are a few tips on shooting fireworks.

  1. Use a tripod
  2. You’ll need a slow shutter speed.
  3. Keep the flash OFF whenever possible. If this is not an option, cover it.

dSLR Fireworks Mode: The easiest way to shoot fireworks is by simply setting your camera to fireworks mode. It is also highly recommended that you use a timer when shooting at a slow shutter speed, if you have one available. Even when the camera is tripod mounted, the act of pushing the button down to take the picture can cause a small amount of camera shake. If timer is not an option, taking several pictures is best since you’re likely to have some with a small amount of camera shake.

dSLR Manual Mode: Shoot at a slow shutter speed and hold steady! Use a tripod if you can. Open up the aperture to f/16. Because it’s dark, you may assume you want the ISO high, but keep it at or below 1200, the sparklers and fireworks will light up the frame!

Mobile Phones:  Hold Steady. Turn off flash. Tap screen to focus. Sensors on camera phones aren’t as large as on the average dSLR camera, motion blur can be an issue. Try using a phone app with adjustable settings.

FUn with sparklers!

photograph sparklers and fireworks
photograph sparklers and fireworks
photograph sparklers and fireworks

Snap Away! Don’t be afraid of manual mode. We can’t wait to see what you send us!