3 Tips for Getting Better Fireworks Pictures!

Happy 4th of JULY!!  Read on to learn how to get great fireworks pictures.


It is almost the 4th of July!  What a great time of year and all American holiday.  At least in my part of the country fireworks are the highlight of the holiday.  Who doesn't love a beautiful light show in the sky?

You might immediately think, those fireworks are so gorgeous, I want to photograph them!  Just to get some fuzzy, funny looking images.  But there is hope!  Here are my quick tips to getting better fireworks pictures this Saturday.


1. Use a tripod

Its dark out and the slower shutter speed can cause camera shake, which will make the streamers coming off the fireworks "fuzzy".  Putting your camera on a tripod eliminates this camera shake.


2. Use a longer shutter speed

Using a longer shutter speed will allow your camera to capture the movement of the fireworks in the sky.  If you use a very short shutter speed, say 1/1000 of a second, instead of seeing the fireworks stream through the sky, you would just see a dot of light.  You might use a shutter speed as long as a couple seconds. 


3. Shoot in manual or use a "fireworks" preset on your camera

Most camera's automatic modes are adjusted for shooting in daylight.  Since the night sky is so dark your camera may try to compensate and make the black sky an ugly brown color.  By shooting in manual mode you can choose your settings to make the sky a perfect black or in "fireworks" mode if your camera has one, should compensate to make the scene look natural.




Fireworks and night-time shooting can be lots of fun!  If you want to up the creative level, you can add people and use sparklers!  I am not an expert on the subject, but do like to play with light, here are some fun examples!



I hope you enjoyed the tips and have a great 4th of July!  If you would like to keep up to date on the latest from Amber Langerud Photography and tips such as this, sign up for my email newsletter!

~Amber Langerud