Firework photography is relatively simple:
- Find a good location with fireworks in the foreground and an interesting background.
- Put your camera on a sturdy tripod
- Turn off autofocus and image-stabilization
- Use a remoter shutter release.
- Choose a lens that allows you to fill a lot of the frame with fireworks.
- Use the lowest ISO (100-200) to avoid the fireworks over-exposing.
- Use f/8 and 30 sec exposure or B
Here are a few examples of my shots for the San Diego Big Bay Boom, and 18 minute computer driven pyrotechnics show that was shot up simultaneously on 4 floating barges in San Diego Harbor. The producers Garden State Fireworks more than made up for last years mishap where all the fireworks intended for a 16 minute show went off in 15 seconds
|20 sec f/8 iso100|
|23 sec f/8 iso 100|
|51 sec f/8 iso 100|
|26 sec f/8 iso 100|
In these shots I used the 100-400 during the initial shots, before the smoke covered the city, then I used the 24-105 IS/L and used the entire range, to avoid having 20 firework shots with the same background.
And below we have an even earlier shot of the aircraft carrier the US Midway, a museum ship in San Diego harbor, which offered another great vantage point to view the fireworks, but without the city skyline as a background.