How to photograph fireworks (and how to fake it)

Night photography tips: how to photograph fireworks (and how to fake it)

Set up your camera to photograph fireworks

How to set up your camera to photograph fireworks

One of the problems with shooting fireworks is that there’s no way of knowing in advance how high they’ll go before they explode.

A straightforward way round this problem is to start with as wide an angle as possible and then zoom in as you find necessary. It’s also hard to know whether to shoot in landscape or portrait format.

Generally in this situation portrait is best, as fireworks tend to go straight up, but if there’s time, it’s definitely worth swapping between the two as the display dictates.

If you’re planning on creating a composite photo, as we’ll show you on the next page, then it’s important to leave some extra space around the fireworks so that the edges aren’t trimmed off, and to capture one or two blooms at a time – any more than that and it all starts to look a bit fussy.

If you want to get something right in-camera, though, it can pay to crop in and fill the frame.

In our image, we exposed the shot so that the castle would be well-exposed without blowing out: at ISO 200, this meant a 
4 secs exposure at f/11.

We then cropped in so that the castle filled the bottom of the frame and simply waited for the beautiful bangs to begin!

PAGE 1: 6 tips for how to photograph fireworks
PAGE 2: Set up your camera to photograph fireworks
PAGE 3: How to add fireworks in Photoshop

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