How to Practice before Firework Photo Shoot

July 01, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Thanks for reading this series on firework photography.   I would love to see some photos from your firework photo project.  You can share links to your photos in the comments below.

On with the topic for this week.

To prepare for your firework photo project, practice night photography with a simple setup.  You can accomplish this in your home or outside with simple like street lights or your porch light.  If you want try using the stars.  However, I would not recommend trying stars if you are working to learn your settings for fireworks.

Fireworks are relatively close in comparison to the stars, so go with something closer.  This blog post is being posted just a few days before the 4th of July when the US is lighting up the skies with fireworks to celebrate our independence.  A quick practice may surprise you how easy this project is.  So, grab your camera and try this out.


Get your camera and tripod or skip your tripod if you are going to try one of the movement methods.  You only need to practice a little to reinforce the settings so you will have some confidence in the results.  If you haven't read my previous blogs or watched my instructions on YouTube here are the links (again):

Links to all four blog posts and YouTube versions of the same.

Blogs YouTube
Part 1: How to Nail the Best Fireworks Photos Part 1
Part 2: How to Take Erratic Camera Movement Shots with Fireworks part 2
Part 3: How to Take Intentional Camera Movement Shots with Fireworks Part 3
Part 4: How to take Zooming Photo Shots with Fireworks Part 4

For this test/experiment set your ISO to 100 or 200, set your aperture to F8.0, and set your shutter speed to 2 seconds.   Use manual focus because cameras have difficulty focusing in the dark.   If you do this in a room in your home, use a small flashlight or some small light source.  Another option would be a glow stick if you have one.  Whatever the light source, make sure it is not super bright.  You don't want it to light the whole room up, instead, you want it to still be relatively dark.  If you are doing this outside, find a street light or a porch light that will work.  But even better would be a sparkler which would be more like the fireworks in the sky.

For a full sheet on all my settings for all my methods click this link for a PDF.

Don't forget to share your firework photos.  I would love to see them.


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