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How to shoot great photos of fireworks

The only certainty about shooting pictures of fireworks is that nothing is certain. Fireworks are unpredictable — and you will learn something new every time you photograph them. On the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, in recent years I have found myself the designated fireworks photographer. Here are my tips and experiences, as well as my mistakes and successes.

The first tips relate to shooting with an actual SLR camera. Later is some advice for shooting with your smartphone. Make no mistake about it, your phone won’t produce nearly the quality of a real camera, but if it’s your only option, you might as well know how to work it best.

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