Fireworks shows are stunning displays to witness but can be difficult to photograph. I often encourage people to sit back and enjoy the show, leaving their cameras in their bags (or pockets). However, here are some tips if you're interested in trying your hand at fireworks photography and have a camera with manual controls.
1. Use a Tripod.
Although camera technology has changed a lot over the years, the fundamental elements for taking photos of fireworks have not. You still need two main ingredients: slow shutter speeds and a steady camera. The best way to steady your camera is to use a tripod. Without a tripod, movement of your camera will cause motion blur and ruin your shot.
I photographed 17 Thunder games this last season. I shot roughly 36, 149 pictures but this number is a little misleading. A large number these frames were from remote cameras that I would place in various spots on the court. Depending on the game, I might have one or two remote cameras. Sometimes the remotes do […]