Best firework photography tips roundup

Flickr photo by Darshan Vaishnav.

This time of year, it seems every photo blog sends out their fireworks photography tips. If you are on as many photo lists as I am, the emails can last longer than your local fireworks show. Rather than add one more firework photography post to the universe, I'm offering a roundup of my favorites.

Here's the best of the lot. Try these to orient yourself before you head out on July 4.

Tom Wachs used a 300mm lens from the roof of the Folger Shakespeare Library to include the Capitol Dome and the Washington Monument with the fireworks.

Digital Photography School - How to Photograph Fireworks Displays

Darren Rowse has a pretty comprehensive post, as you would expect from one of the most popular photography blogs. I like how he has organized it, from equipment to settings. He also includes other readers' favorite tips. - How to Photograph Fireworks

Pop Photo releases a version of this list every year, it seems. This roundup has the best overall view. You can follow these tips to walk you through the evening -- from picking your location to capturing the shot.


WikiHow - How to Photograph Fireworks

I like that WikiHow begins with this approach -- we are changing from treating light as illumination to treating it as a subject. That mindset shift alone can be helpful. WikiHow lays out useful steps, things you'll need, and tips & warnings. - Photographing July 4th Fireworks

Amazon features this list from one of my favorite photography authors, Michael Freeman.


Nikon Learn & Explore - Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Lindsay Silverman shares some of his best tips for firework photography. Yes, he references Nikon equipment. (It is on their site) Fear not Canon users, there's still some good info and a cool gallery of photos there.


Where is your favorite fireworks photography location? Share it in the comments. We promise not to show up and crowd you. :-)


Updated on July 2, 2014