The Digital Photo Guy

Photographing Fireworks

by on Jun.18, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips

It’s That Time of Year Again

July 4th is just around the corner and many of you will be headed out to see fireworks with camera in hand. And, once more, most of you will return with disappointing, blurry, overexposed photos.

Here are some photos taken by Ron, a reader in Australia, who applied my tips from last years’ MMT about fireworks photography. The first is near perfect and shows Brisbane in the foreground but emphasizes the fireworks. The second has a bit too much black sky but the skyline is perfectly exposed with the fireworks as secondary elements. The third shows F111 fighters igniting dumped fuel with their afterburners. The burning fuel is overexposed but lights up the city. Wouldn’t you prefer photos like these?


This year, take a moment to read my Monday Morning Tip for photographing fireworks. Here are some key tips you should remember:

  1. Fireworks are much brighter than you might think. Use the correct exposure.
  2. Closer isn’t better. Learn why you may want to be further away from the fireworks.
  3. Capture multiple bursts for a great in-camera collage. Learn how to do this easily.
  4. Always, always use a tripod.

Discount for TDPG Readers

Friends of The Digital Photo Guy promo for CA Photo Festival has ended!

Thanks to everyone who took advantage of the 10% discount. CPF says it was so successful they’ve hit their goals and have ended the promotion. But, you can still get the Early Bird registration fee of just $449 until August 20.

California Photo Festival between September 21-26 in San Luis Obispo, CA is giving you, my readers, a 10% discount. Full 5-day registration is normally $449 but you can get it now for $404 by just saying, “Lee Otsubo, The Digital Photo Guy, sent me”. If there’s any confusion, ask for Victoria or Christy and they’ll get it sorted out.

You can also register for a 1-day pass for just $134 (regular $149). This is the best deal going for anyone thinking of attending this workshop/seminar.

Off Topic – Audubon Society Webcast

If, like me, you’re worried and frustrated about the environmental disaster along the gulf coast, the Audubon Society has a second webcast on June 23 at 1:30PM EDT (10:30AM PDT) to update concerned citizens about what they’re seeing. I attended the first webcast on May 24 and can report that it was well done. There’s very little calls for donations and it’s packed with information.

You can register for the June 23 webcast HERE. A recording of the May 23rd webcast can be viewed HERE. Free registration is required for Audubon webcast events.


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