1) Make sure you’re in the front so people will not walk in front of you. However for some shots, it’s good to have people or other elements in the photos. The fireworks will illuminate them!
2) Outside lights can ruin the exposure – Stay far away from illuminated signs,
street lamps & parking lots with lighting.
3) Position your camera where the fireworks are bursting. Adjust when necessary.
4) Take a few practice shots early in the show. Check your focus & exposure. Adjust settings.
5) Once the show begins, keep shooting! The more shots you take,
the better your chances of getting that 1 or 2 amazing photos.
Longer exposure times of 4 seconds will capture 2 – 4
bursts. When the bursts appear more rapidly during the grand
finale, change your exposure time to 1 or 2 seconds.
- A tripod to steady your camera & prevent shake. (This is a Must!)
- Shutter Release Trigger
- A small flashlight so you can see your camera
settings in the dark.
- Extra batteries & memory cards.
- Use 50mm or wider.
Using a wide focal length is more effective than zooming in
when shooting fireworks. You can crop later for close-up shots.
- Set the camera to it’s highest quality settings.
- BEWARE! auto focus doesn’t perform well in the dark, set your
camera to infinity mode, or manually focus to infinity.
- To prevent blur due to camera shake, use a tripod for
support. Also use your camera remote to release the
- Turn off the flash (if you can’t -cover it).
- Set focus to infinity.
- Use an aperture of F5.6 or smaller (higher number). Using smaller
apertures will help ensure that the fireworks trails are sharper, and have more detail.
- Set camera shutter to bulb.
- Exposure: use between 1 & 4 seconds.
- Use an ISO of 100.
ISO & aperture settings for photographing fireworks:
|ISO setting||Aperture size|
|50||f/5.6 to 11|
|100||f/8 to 16|
|200||f/11 to 22|