Utah Fireworks 08 + Tips



I got to my location at the SW corner of the BYU stadium for the stadium of fire at 8pm and waited 1hr until people started lighting of personal fireworks

The first actual firework went off at 10:18

I’ll be there again this year barring any unforeseen circumstances.


Use bulb mode and usually shoot 2-5 seconds. Shoot manual and have aperture usually f/9-13

Shoot low ISO

And the obvious… have a tripod.

A remote trigger is awesome, one that does bulb mode is superb.
But if not then use a timer and set it to like 2 seconds… a little more annoying :)

almost forgot: a lens that does internal focusing or at least locks or doesn’t creep when shooting a long shot.
Because you will be pointing up.

I usually shoot with a telephoto and focus on shapes.
Mainly because of the location I’m at.
But others tend to do cool foregrounds or backdrops.

The smoke from the fireworks can be your friend but in some cases it might be bad

Oh have a good tripod that won’t creep on you during the 2-5 second shot.

Have lots of battery because long exposure drains batteries.

This is a recap from the pictures I shot last year.

One of the cool things about fireworks is that there is no editing needing to be done on them.
Well except darkening blacks can help in some cases specially with smokey pics






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  1. Melissa says

    I am going to have to print out your hints and try them out next year I was not happy with my fireworks shots this year. JaG

  2. Kimbrey says

    Thanks for the tips. I wish I had seen this a month earlier, but there is always next year. Love the battery tip- will make sure to carry a spare.

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