Photographing Fireworks – Wishes at Magic Kingdom

Wishes at Magic Kingdom

Photographing Fireworks during Wishes at Magic Kingdom.

I posted back in July on how to photograph fireworks. This is a followup to that post.

The first thing you definitely need is a

Tripod. Why? Because you are going to be leaving your shutter open to capture the shooting of each firework and hand holding your camera to capture this would result in a blurry image.

Next thing I suggest is a remote to trigger your shutter. This is needed so you don’t have to press the actual shutter on your camera. Leaning over your camera for over 10 seconds is not fun and can result in bumping your camera. It is possible to do this without shaking your camera but with a remote you can sit back and watch the timer on the remote and actually enjoy the fireworks.

You’ll want a lens that is wide so you can take in all the fireworks. For these shots I used a Canon 24-70L Lens.

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Next thing is to put your ISO to 100 and your F-stop or Aperture to 7-10 and your camera on bulb. Before a firework is shot, press the shutter and hold it for 10-20 seconds. You will capture the streak of the firework and the explosion of it in your image. Of course the longer you hold it the more fireworks you will capture in your image.

You can also purchase a neutral density filter from Amazon by clicking here to help with the overexposure of lots of fireworks being shot off at once. This will actually provide more color in the fireworks. You’ll be able to leave your shutter open longer with one of these and bring your F-stop down to 2.8. Here are a few more images I photographed during Wishes at Magic Kingdom in Orlando Florida. A lot of these shots were taken at f 22 with an exposure of around a minute on a Canon 5d Mark III. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them at

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All these images are straight out of the camera. The last one is a little overexposed because I left it open too long and was not using a neutral density filter. That will help with your images if you are to photograph fireworks.

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