Editor’s note: Every year around the 4th of July we get a lot of questions about how to shoot fireworks. We’re republishing this article from several years ago to help aspiring fireworks photographers get the best possible photos on Independence Day.
Here in the U.S. there’s a major summer holiday coming up – one that is celebrated with colorful explosions in the sky. The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated with grilled meats, red-white-and-blue popsicles and of course, fireworks. If you’ve ever taken a terrible photo of a fireworks display and wondered what went wrong, we’ve got some ideas for you – from the very basics to some simple tips that will help you capture all the majesty of those ‘bombs bursting in air’.