1. Location – arrive early to get a good spot where your view of the action isn’t blocked by too many people, trees, wires or buildings.
2. Settings – some cameras have a ‘pre-programmed’ feature with an auto-setting for fireworks. If setting up your camera manually, you’ll need: slow shutter speed, the highest quality setting, and a low ISO setting (between 50 and 200), to stop your photos looking grainy.
3. Switch off the flash – so you can capture the clear sparkling colours of the fireworks without picking up any distractions like smoke.
4. Timing – aim your camera before the firework actually explodes. Use trial and error, but try opening the shutter when you hear ‘whoosh’ as the rocket launches into the air.
5. Use a tripod – you don’t want the camera to move and blur your shot. You could even use a ‘remote release’ device, so you don’t even have to touch the camera.
6. Enjoy – soak up the excitement of the firework display and have fun experimenting with different shots.