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How to Photograph Fireworks

A Patch photographer gives advice on capturing the sparkle in the sky.

Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera.  Here is a short tutorial to help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July.  

Equipment needed:

  • Camera: Either point-and-shoot or an SLR.
  • Tripod: To keep the camera steady and prevent motion blur.
  • Flashlight:  To see the camera settings in the dark.
  • Wireless Trigger: Not necessary but it helps to prevent camera shake. 

If you take any great fireworks photos, make sure to post them in the Pics and Clips gallery.

Jennifer Vacca July 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Thanks for the great article! A mistake many people make is to think you need a fast lens for fireworks. Because fireworks are bright light on a black background, instead, it's just the opposite. I've found success with apertures somewhere between f/10 to f/16 and exposures of several (3-5) seconds. http://www.facebook.com/ZootShootPhotographers
Lisacastalano July 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Thank you for providing such a great article.
Jean Marie July 04, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Thanks, very helpful & beautiful pictures!

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