Friday Photo Tip: Photographing Fireworks

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Photographing fireworks can be a true test of patience and skills. That’s why we’re bringing you this Friday photo tip with just enough time so you can practice before the Fourth of July. No fireworks in your area before the Fourth of July? Have someone grab a sparkler and spend some time practicing before the big day.

Although challenging, photographing fireworks can be a lot of fun. But it all starts with the right camera settings. Photographing fireworks is much easier when you have a camera that has a mode dial or menu option with a manual setting.

Here are the steps to use to photograph fireworks: 

  1. Grab a tripod and set your camera on it.
  2. Turn off your camera’s flash.
  3. Set your camera to manual mode.
  4. Okay. This part is not an exact science. And you will likely need to change your settings throughout the process. A good starting point is setting your camera to ISO 100 or 200. Set your aperture at or around F/11. F/11 will give you good depth of field. Set your shutter speed around 1-3 seconds. The longer you drag your shutter, the more movement in your image. The shorter your shutter speed, the darker the image will appear and less movement will be captured. (Remember, you can always adjust your images in a photo editing software afterwards, but capturing a properly exposed image in camera is the goal.)

Check out some examples of great fireworks images taken by Jerry Jackson, Site Editor of

We hope these tips will help you capture the perfect picture this Fourth of July. Have a great weekend and go grab that shot! 

All images are copyright of Jerry Jackson. 

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