Tips for photographing fireworks

Shooting fireworks can be a lot of fun and can produce some very interesting images. I usually like to keep my ISO low (100) and experiment with different f/stops & shutter speeds depending on the effect I am looking for. This image was shot on Manual at f/3.2 at 1/60th of second with an ISO of 100. Try to focus on something in the distant background using manual focus. If you want longer trails, use a longer shutter speed. For shorter trails use a shorter shutter speed.

Don’t worry about your light meter as it will be tricked by the dark sky and tend to overexpose. Try different settings and review your LCD to preview your images. You may want to use a tripod to steady your camera if there are buildings, lakes, etc. in your shot. Shoot LOTS of photos to make sure you get some heroes!

Oh yeah, leave your flash OFF!

Aric Attas, New Year's Eve, Color Photograph, 2012

Aric Attas, New Year’s Eve, Color Photograph, 2012

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2 Responses to Tips for photographing fireworks

  1. DorothyB says:

    Love this one. A true beauty – you even hit the rule of thirds on the brightest grouping!

  2. Aric says:

    Thanks for your comment Dorothy. Not that I consider this a GREAT picture but I’m reminded of a quote from the GREAT photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson who said, “It’s seldom you make a great picture. you have to milk the cow quite a lot to get plenty of milk to make a little cheese.”

    Love that quote!