BOOM!!! Taking pictures of fireworks!

The 4th of July is upon us, and you know what that means – fireworks! Whether you’re shooting off some in the backyard, running around with sparklers or seeing a MASSIVE display at a football field or beach, fireworks are easily one of the most fascinating and iconic subjects around when it comes to photography. Of course, since this holiday only happens one time a year, you’ll want to cialis buy capture all of the amazing colors lighting up the summer sky.


As we celebrate the holiday this week (hopefully at a barbeque or somewhere with a pool) I wanted to share with you some tips for photographing this very timely subject, the one thing that everyone associates with the 4th. Let’s do it!

Some tips for photographing fireworks:

  • Turn the flash off, and use a tripod if possible. You’ll want your images to be crisp, without motion blur.
  • If you’re enjoying a large display, try to shoot the first fireworks to go off, and not the last. The reason for this is that the smoke will clutter your shot, making it hazy. If possible, try to stand up-wind while you’re shooting.
  • I’d recommend shooting vertically instead of horizontally. It gives your fireworks more of a sense of grandeur and height. However, maybe mix in a few horizontal shots with the ground and surroundings included to give some context – or mix in some friends or family into the shot!
  • Set your aperture to between f/8 and f/16 if you’re shooting manually. Also, use burst mode on your camera if available.
  • Scout your location. It always helps to make sure that there won’t be any buildings, trees, etc. blocking your focus.

After you’ve finished shooting those fireworks and uploading the photos to your Photo by Walgreens account, you can turn your photos into Glass Prints – the transparency of the glass highlights the brilliance and contrast of the colors, giving your firework photos an impeccable display. You can also turn them into Canvas Prints – the texture and warmth of the canvas makes these the perfect way to add a touch of patriotism to your house all year.

Happy 4th everyone!

-Marina, designer at Walgreens

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