June 29, 2012

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 if you can!
  2. You'll need a Slow shutter speed.
  3. Keep the flash OFF whenever possible. If this is not an option, cover it.

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.

Camera Phones:  Hold Steady. 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.

Sparklers:  My kids love creating with their "flames of light".
Here are some family shots from last year's sparkler circus at our house...  be safe!
(Nikon D90)

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

More articles on how to Shoot Fireworks:

Scott Kelby
Jarvie Studios
Michael Freeman


  1. I was so looking forward to taking pics of fireworks this year, but they've been cancelled here. The weather has been so dry, they are afraid of fires :(

    1. Jenny, oh no! Lots of fires where we are too! Be safe.

  2. Thanks for the tips! I'll pass this link along to a few friends!