Quick Tips: Shooting fireworks

To minimise noise levels, keep the ISO low and turn on any noise-reduction feature. Image by Andy Westlake Amateur Photographer

Ooh! Aah! In today's Quick Tips, we get stuck into shooting fireworks


Bonfire night is an obvious time to shoot fireworks, but with Christmas and the New Year just around the corner there are plenty more opportunities to capture the sky lit by mini explosions. If you plan to photograph an organised event, try to get there as early as you can to secure an elevated position. In that way, you can include recognisable shapes, such as trees, buildings or statues, in the foreground, without having to shoot over people’s heads. If, on the other hand, you want to include multiple bursts in one exposure, a plain black sky is the way to go. You might also like to consider including floodlit buildings in the frame to place the display in context, and give people some indication as to what is being celebrated. Just remember to turn off your flash.