Photographs of fireworks can look absolutely spectacular when they’re done right. There’s something romantic, exciting, and magical about the bursts of color exploding to create stunning sky portraits. But while they’re always great to watch, taking a good picture of fireworks is often easier said than done.

There are so many things to consider that it’s not as simple as turning up at a display and just snapping away. Whatever the occasion whether it’s New Year’s Eve, 4th of July, or a big wedding, here are 7 tips for taking spectacular fireworks photos.

  1. Use a tripod
  2. Think about composition
  3. Use a remote shutter release
  4. Turn the flash off