Top Firework Photography tips from Jessops

by Susan Tyldesley on 22nd Dec 2014

Please feel free to pass these tips on. If publishing in a blog or article please attribute to the Jessops Academy Team :



1. With any successful photograph, advanced planning is necessary to help capture the event. If it’s a public event get there early, displays over water or impressive landmarks are always popular and photogenic.


2. Find out where the fireworks will be set off so you can get a good vantage point.


3. Cameras are now developing to help you take better photos without you having to know manual mode settings. So have a look on your scene modes to see if it has a firework mode. The camera will take multiple exposures or set the camera for you, giving you amazing results for you to treasure.


4. Use a tripod, the self-timer button, or cable release cable if your camera has this function to stop camera shake. This will help you take a steady picture without having to touch the shutter button on the camera.


5. If you’re using a camera that has manual controls, most successful photos are multiple exposures (several images on the same photograph). If the camera doesn't take multiple exposures set it to B(bulb) so your shutter is open, you can put your lens cap or piece of card across the lens for as many times as you like to get multiple exposures. Then close the shutter, you can repeat this as many times as you like.


6. Your film speed /ISO should be set at 100.


7. Vary your focal length (ZOOM) for different effects. Just like the photographs above.


8. Set your camera up while it’s light or carry a small torch to see your settings at night. Your camera might even have a light on the LCD display to help you at night.


9. Experiment, the nice thing is you don't have to wait until every New Year’s Eve as firework displays occur all the time.


10. Watch for the wind so you don't get smoke in the picture or over you.


11. As long as you like the photo that's all that matters, as photography is all about memories and book marks in time.


Happy shooting from the Jessops Academy Team