If you want to to know how to photograph fireworks, just follow the guidelines below
and you won't go wrong.
- Use a tripod and the self-timer together to ensure sharp pictures. Using the
two together to make sure you minimize vibrations. The self-timer may have more than one
setting so use the smallest amount of time as it is the more convenient.
- Your camera may have a fireworks setting - give it a go and see if you are happy with
- If you want to try setting things manually, try using an f-stop of around f/8 or f/11 to
start with and long shutter speeds of around 0.5 up to 4 seconds and then experiment
with even longer speeds.
- Use a low ISO of around 50 or 100. As you will be taking shots using longer exposures,
this will help to minimize digital noise. All four images on this page have low ISOs - the highest
is 200 and the lowest is 80.
- Make sure you turn off the in-built flash, especially if you are in an automated mode, as
it will be totally ineffective at the distances you are photographing and will only confuse
the camera settings.
- Turn the camera through 90 degrees to make some portrait shots. This may be more
successful than using landscape format as fireworks tend to rise vertically - especially
- Read the camera data for each of the images below - you might even like to print out
this page and take it with you for reference. If so, don't forget to take a flashlight
with you so you can read it!
2007 Republic Day Celebrations on the Bosporus, Istanbul, Turkey
Photo by Nightstallion03
Focal length 7.4 mm
Fireworks from the riverfront in Owensboro, KY, July 4th, 2010
Photo by Allen Freeman
focal length 35 mm
8/5 sec (1.6)
Fireworks (Camp Nou 2005)
Photo by Mutari
focal length 10.7 mm
5/8 sec (0.625)
Fireworks Competition, Plymouth 2003
Photo by Tony Atkin
focal length 8 mm
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