Our Top List of How to Photograph Fireworks

As the celebrations approach so do the fireworks displays. In this list are our favorite fireworks tutorials presented by the pros. Rather than create our own, we thought we’d highlight a variety of the best tutorials that cover a range of techniques and equipment for making great photographs from fireworks displays.

The common thread through all of the advice we’ve culled, are long exposures, a steady tripod and either a cable release (remote shutter release) or self-timer with mirror lock up.

The list that follows is in no particular order. Please share the photographs you’ve made of your hometown fireworks displays using the comments form below.


Digital Photography School
How to Photograph Fireworks Displays
Fireworks Displays are something that evoke a lot of emotion in people as they are not only beautiful and spectacular to watch but they also are often used to celebrate momentous occasions. read more »

New York Institute of Photography
How to Have Fun on the Fourth of July

Whatever the season, fireworks have always been used to mark big events. For example, this photo by Andrezy Walter of Poland won 1st prize in a Millennium Madness contest back in 2000.

This article on fireworks photography tips is part of our special 2-part series on photographing fireworks. You can also view our other Fireworks Photography article and Photographing Fireworks in Your Backyard. read more »


Photography Review
Fireworks Photography Guide

Making a great fireworks photo is easy, and that means there’s a glut of great shots out there. But that makes it that much harder to create something that stands out from the rest. And therein lies the challenge. In this guide we’ll cover the technical side of taking fireworks photos that aren’t a blurry, grainy mess.

This guide will explain the technical issues involved in fireworks photography and give you a solid foundation, which you can use to develop your own methods. read more »


PC World
How to Photoraphy Fireworks

The secret behind capturing fireworks: Use a slow shutter speed, so you can record those dramatic, colorful light trails as they explode through the sky. That also means you’ll need some sort of camera support to capture a steady, unblurred shot. read more »


The News Gazette
Tips From the Pros for Photographing Fireworks

If you want to capture a photograph of this weekend’s fireworks displays, here are some tips News-Gazette photographers have used. read more »

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