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Photographing Fireworks

The easy way to photograph fireworks


This is a fun colorful subject that everyone tries to photograph at least once and then is usually disappointed when the pictures are viewed. Follow these steps for great fireworks pictures.


What you need:

  • A camera that can expose for at least 30 seconds
  • A tripod
  • 200 ISO film (or use your digital camera)


What to do:

  • Set your camera on the tripod
  • Set your exposure time to 15 seconds
  • Set your aperture to f-8
  • When the first burst explodes be ready and only check your focus
  • Track the rocket as it goes up and set your camera to the proper angle to capture the explosion.
  • Now you are ready to shoot!
  • As soon as you see the explosion gently press the shutter and let time and light do the rest. Take several shots at this setting.
  • Now set your camera for 30 seconds, and repeat the process.
  • If you are using a digital camera quickly review your pictures to see if the exposure is set right. If they are too bright, shorten your exposure time by . If they are too dark, slow your shutter speed by a factor of two.
  • Practice! The more you shoot, the more likely you will get the shot you are after!
  • Have Fun!