Tips and Processes for Shooting Fireworks

Do you remember that feeling when you were a child and fireworks started bursting in the sky? As a photographer, I think I have that same child-like joy reaction—because I know I am going to get some amazing photographs. Since Fourth of July is right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my habits, tips and processes when shooting fireworks. Most people try to capture a few pretty fireworks shots when they shoot. I aim for about 50.

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post from Luke Ballard.

How I Got the Shot: John Cornicello Shows Us How to Photograph Fireworks

The Fourth of July is coming, and we all love to watch the fireworks. We’ve already talked a little about the basics of shooting them, but we recently had the opportunity to sit down with John Cornicello, an absolute master of the art, who blogs about it fairly often.

Specifically, we chose the photo above, and asked John to break it down for us. How do you think he shot it?

The Basics of Photographing Fireworks

Do you remember the first time you looked up at the sky and witnessed a spectacular fireworks show? Well now that you're a bit older, you can capture the lightshow with your camera. You'll be glad to know that it's not extremely tough to do this, providing that you do a couple of things correctly. Here are some tips on how to capture better photos of fireworks for the 4th of July or for any special occasion.

Note: Some of the photos in this posting were pulled from the B&H Photo Flickr Group. If you haven't submitted to it, show us what you've got!

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