Free Shipping / Delivery

On Orders Over £150*

Satisfaction 100% Guaranteed

Only the best Fireworks & Service

Fast Reliable Delivery

1-2 Day Delivery across the UK

4.9/5 Star Client Ratings

With Over 2400+ Reviews

Tel / Whatsapp

01245 354422

Join us

Sign in | Register

Logged in

My Account

Tips for Taking Awesome Fireworks Pictures

The digital revolution has made photography a more accessible hobby for everyone. When it comes to taking awesome fireworks pictures, the use of digital cameras and smartphones is especially useful, as you can see your photos immediately and get rid of the bad shots.
Nevertheless, taking fantastic photos of fireworks that disappear so quickly and in the darkness of the night sky can still be a challenge and you’ll need to practice. To help you make the most of your photos, here are some essential tips for awesome fireworks pictures.

Amazing fireworks. Image courtesy of bayasaa, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

Find the Right Settings

The most crucial part is to ensure your camera has the right settings in place. If you want a professional finish, make sure you use long exposure on your camera. On top of this, you might want to check if your camera (or indeed, smartphone) has a special setting for photographing fireworks, as this helps to find the right settings at once.
Although you should use long exposure, make sure you turn off the long exposure noise reduction. This isn’t a useful feature when taking photos of fireworks, as they disappear so quickly.
If you can, adjust the focus setting on infinity or other full manual mode. You don’t want the camera to try finding a focus, as this can end up in a blurry photo when it comes to fireworks. A good aperture is something between f/8 and f/16.

A professional camera can make taking photos easier. Image courtesy of Paul Reynolds, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr. 
Another essential setting to get right is the ISO setting. You should turn it low to about 100 or 200. You can find great tips for tinkering with your camera settings from websites like Amateur Photographer. Overall, opt to shoot fireworks in RAW mode.
Burst function is also a useful setting for photographing fireworks. You can find it from professional cameras, as well as smartphones, and it allows you to take multiple photos at once. This way you can photograph the whole journey of the firework from whizzing through the air to the final explosion.
In cameras, the burst mode is often achieved by playing with the bulb mode. By setting the camera in bulb mode, it will take a number of photos in quick succession, even if you are using long exposure.
For the bursts to work the best, you want to keep your camera as still as possible. Therefore using a tripod is often advised.
Whether you are using a camera or a smartphone, the biggest mistake is to have flash on! So, make sure to turn it off.

Don’t Forget to Process the Photos

You should also take advantage of post-processing to guarantee the best results. There are a number of great image editing programs out there. If you are prepared to spend a bit of money, then consider Adobe’s Lightroom. Many professional photographers vouch for Lightroom.
But it is possible to process your fireworks photos with free editing software as well. Gimp and PhoXo are among the most popular.

Amazing long exposure photo from the 4th of July celebrations. Image courtesy of Diana Robinson, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.
When using the software, make sure you open the photos in RAW editing mode. Darken your sky until it is slightly underexposed for a cool finish. Increase the overall clarity to create more contrast and to make the fireworks stand out.
For a quirky finish, try layering two different shots together. You’ll want to find photos that have the same exposure and similar position to guarantee the blending looks good.
When you are shooting fireworks, practice makes perfect. It’s a good idea to check out firework videos – you can find them on nearly all of the products on our website to know how the specific firework will explode – this ensures you focus on the right time. Although some people prefer taking shots all the way until the end of the display, some believe the best shots are taken at the start. The sky is often filled with smoke by the end of a big display, so shots at the start may look clearer.
Play with the settings and have fun!

Share this post

Leave a Comment

Scroll to Top

Delivery Information

Next Day

 – You will receive your order the following working day from day of despatch (not including Saturday/Sunday). We endeavour to dispatch all orders placed before 12pm the same day although this is not always possible in our busy season, October – December. If you require your order by a certain date enter this in the “order notes” section on the next page. All dates are treated as the latest date for delivery NOT the date you would like delivery.

Hold For Later Delivery

– This option is for those who would like us to hold on to their order and deliver it nearer to the date of their display. You should enter this date in the “order notes” section on the next page.

Collect from Chelmsford Store

– Select this option if you would like to collect your order. Enter the date you would like to collect and AM/PM in the “order notes” section on the next page. Collection is not available on SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2019. You will be required to bring the card you used to pay with and photo ID before you can collect your order. THESE MUST MATCH.

Add to Existing Order

 – If you already have an order with us and would like to add to it before it is shipped, select this option then enter your existing order number in the “order notes” section on the next page.

Saturday Delivery

 – Enter the date you would like your order delivered in the “order notes” section on the next page. If this is blank your order will be delivered on the next Saturday after the day of ordering. PLEASE NOTE it is not possible to deliver orders on the Saturday either side of Bonfire Night, Christmas or New Year


 – Your order will be delivered before midday the day after it has been dispatched (excluding Saturday / Sunday)

Before 10:30 am

 – Your order will be delivered before 10:30am the day after it has been dispatched (excluding Saturday / Sunday).