Firework Photo Tips

4th of July

July 4th is fast approaching and that means it’s time to brush off our firework photography skills. I’m including myself as well. I haven’t tried to seriously capture firework images and now that I have some equipment and skills I’d like to give it try.

I’ve collected a few basic tips for capturing firework images that I want to share with you. Also, I’ll use this as a reference post for my photoshoot as well.

1. Use a tripod. It usually is full dark when the fireworks go off.
2. Turn your flash off. That’s right, just turn it off.
3. Do research for best viewing area before arriving, preferably in daylight.
4. Select manual setting for your camera to control aperture and exposure.
5. I’m going to start with the following settings: ISO 100, f/11 at 1/2 second. Adjusting as needed during the shoot.
6. Bring a shutter release cable for long exposures. Note to self – find one compatible with Canon 7DM2.

I’ll post the photos or reasons for my abject failure shortly after the fireworks. Warning: That report may be inspired in part by home-brewed hard cider.


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