3 top Fireworks Tips | Harrisburg, PA Photographer

Have you ever tried to take pictures at fireworks and ended up with a pitch black image? Or maybe blurry colorful streaks all over? Well, this Harrisburg, PA Photographer certainly has.

Recently, some photographer friends of mine and myself decided to do a Summer Photography Challenge to help those non-professionals learn some tips to capture some awesome summer images. I volunteered to teach about taking fireworks images. To say that as a Central PA Photographer, I was a little nervous, was an understatement. So I set out to learn what I could to teach the best I could.

Living in Central PA, we have a minor league baseball team in Harrisburg, PA. Each Friday night that they have a home game, they finish it off with fireworks. I found myself on the mountain across the river from the stadium a few weeks ago to get some practice. I wasn’t the only photographer there to see what they could capture. I met a few other photographers there as well.

The nice thing about fireworks is that they are usually long enough to allow you to vary your settings and try things out to see what you like beter here’s my top 3 tips:

1- Tripod. You’re going to be using settings that will grab all of that lovely camera shake if you aren’t extremely steady and a Tripod will help prevent that!

2- Remote, Shutter Release or timer! Also to avoid camera shake, using one of these methods will help to decrease this.

3- Manual Focus. Trying to focus on a black sky is nearly impossible. I used auto focus to focus on the city and then switched to manual focus so I was ready when the fireworks started.

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Editing is also a matter of preference. In some of the images, I liked the haze that was around the fireworks and the way it added a little to the image. I also liked some of the images a little lighter so that you could see the tree line for perspective.

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I created a video with my top 5 tips to taking fireworks images and I’d love for you to get it FREE! Click HERE and it’s all yours!  Many of these tips can also be used with Sparklers, too. Want to learn more about Sparklers? Check out my friends tips HERE!


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  • JennyJune 29, 2017 - 1:42 am

    These are great tips! Can’t wait for the 4th so I can practice!!ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyJune 29, 2017 - 3:37 am

      Thanks Jenny. Can’t wait to capture some more images myself!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly RichmanJune 29, 2017 - 1:58 am

    Thanks for the great tips Jodi.  I can’t wait to try it.ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyJune 29, 2017 - 3:38 am

      Thank you Kelly. Look forward to seeing what you get!ReplyCancel

  • Cyrissa CarlsonJune 29, 2017 - 2:10 am

    photographing fireworks is so fun {and so tricky}!  thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyJune 29, 2017 - 3:38 am

      I totally agree, Cyrissa!ReplyCancel

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  • JenniferJune 30, 2017 - 4:55 pm

    Love it! Great tips! ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyJune 30, 2017 - 6:58 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy SorensenJune 30, 2017 - 7:17 pm

    Thank you for posting this Jodi!  I stink at fireworks photography 🙁  Hopefully I can up my game with these tips!ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyJune 30, 2017 - 7:22 pm

      Hope it helps, Wendy! I had fun learning and giving it a try!ReplyCancel

  • SheilaJune 30, 2017 - 7:35 pm

    Great tips, just in time!ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyJune 30, 2017 - 7:42 pm

      Thanks Sheila. Can’t wait to see everyone’s images!ReplyCancel