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How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Pro

There’s one way to make your firework display live on long after it’s taken place - by photographing it. But, for those of us who have tried our hand at taking pictures of fireworks, we know it isn’t the simplest task.

So, if you’re looking for some pointers, here are some secrets from the experts on how to photograph fireworks like a pro, whether you’re using a standard or phone camera.

Using a Standard Camera

Here are some of the expert tips for those using a traditional camera.


When it comes time to focus the image, you’ll want to focus on the sparklers and not the individuals holding them or the background. Focusing on the fireworks will ensure the image is crystal clear in the end.

Shutter Speed

Especially when photographing fireworks, any professional photographer will tell you that one of the most crucial elements is the shutter speed.

Play around with the shutter speed on your camera. Start with a shutter speed of three seconds. If the picture looks too dark, try adjusting the shutter speed to four seconds. If the image is too bright, try two seconds.

Stable Surface

You will need to have a steady surface to rest your camera since the shutter speed will need to be longer to perfect the long exposure for the perfect shot. You can always have a tripod ready to go if you cannot find a stable surface.

Any slight movement in the camera will cause the image to come out blurry, even movements as subtle as your heartbeat.


Use a verbal countdown to when you will take the picture. The countdown will help the person or people involved in lighting the fireworks spark them at the right moment.

Using a Phone Camera

Don’t worry if you don’t have a standard camera. Capture some excellent firework shots easily by using the camera on your phone.

Today, a wide range of apps allow you to adjust your smartphone camera’s shutter speed. Start with a larger shutter speed and then adjust as you need, just like how you would handle a traditional camera.

You’ll still want to steady your phone on a flat surface or with a tripod if you are able. This step is not one you want to skip.

Let’s Spark Something!

Now that you know how to photograph fireworks like a pro, all you’re missing is the fireworks. Thankfully, at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.

Whether you’re looking for a personal show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.

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