How to Photograph Fireworks - Updated

How to Photograph Fireworks – Updated

After receiving 15 emails this week from readers asking how to photograph New Years Eve Fireworks I thought I’d better post a link to our previous post on How to Photograph Fireworks which I wrote previously for 4th of July.

It contains 20 or so tips for capturing this photogenic opportunity that only comes once or twice a year.

I’ve also added a couple of updates to the article that were not previously included.

Enjoy and have a great New Years Eve with your digital camera!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Elle July 1, 2011 04:10 pm

    Why doesn't the link work? It just loops you back to this page. I had saved this as a favorite and it doesn't work from there either nor does it work as a link from an article on another website. It is July 1st, you would think it would work!

  • Albert January 2, 2009 11:56 pm

    I went into this article: How to photograph Fireworks - Updated. But I can't find the link. When I double click the title, it returns me to the same simple synopsis. Where is the link?

  • Peter Welsh October 30, 2008 01:43 am

    This picture ....was taken at at F4.5 1second + 200iso.

    This may be a starting point for you Guys. I was suprised to find that a long shutterspeed was no good for the type of effect i was trying to capture..

    I guess if you use a longer shutterspeed and smaller aperture you would get a similar exposure but with longer firework trails..

    Hope this helps you


  • pavan October 29, 2008 07:27 pm


    I have Sony H50. I am trying to take the pictures of fireworks but not able to. Could you please help me in how to shoot fireworks and also the settings.


  • Seth July 5, 2008 07:54 am


    I have Sony dsc-f828

    I want to take fireworks shot.

    I was read something about Bulb mode.

    The Sony does not have a bulb mode.

    Your thoughts

    Also I am misssing my manual so what is nr 30 in manual mode.

    Would this be shutter speed

    Thanks for your help

  • Peter Welsh November 7, 2007 05:36 am

    Well it's November 6th and I had a pretty succesful evening photographing the Fireworks on Plymouth Hoe in the UK.. thank you for this advice

  • Peter Welsh November 4, 2007 11:08 pm

    I have not tried taking photos of fireworks .. I have read your tipe and I am now an expert :) .. I shall be making my first attempts at this tomorrow night Nov 5th 2007..

  • Elber January 2, 2007 01:51 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I got a few shots thanks to your little tutorial!

  • Darko January 1, 2007 04:22 pm

    How to photograph fireworks,and very snowy suny day?

  • Floris December 31, 2006 08:53 pm

    thanks a lot!!

  • Henryscat December 31, 2006 12:41 am

    Good comprehensive guidance for people that are unsure of how to go about it!
    Nice one.