Fireworks Photography eBook Review

My friends at the Disney Photography Blog have released an eBook called Fireworks Photography. The 55-page eBook is something I wished I had when I started to photograph fireworks.  It would have saved me much time and money as it took three trips to Walt Disney World before I figured out how to get good photographs of Illuminations in Epcot and Wishes in the Magic Kingdom.

Illuminations fireworks show Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

A new eBook shows you how to photograph firework shows like Illuminations in Epcot.

The first two chapters give you all you need to know about photographing fireworks shows anywhere in the world but with particular emphasis on Disney themeparks.  They tell you what you need in equipment (yes, folks, you do NEED a tripod) if you are using a digital SLR camera OR a Point & Shoot camera.  The principles are the same in both cases.  Keep the camera steady for a long period of time and set the correct exposure settings and/or shooting modes to use so as not to get a white blob of light in your photos. Hey, we’ve all done it. 🙂

The third chapter is about composition.  Depending on where the fireworks show is being held, interesting compositions can sometimes be a real challenge and the eBook gives good advice on how to do it.  If you are photographing in a Disney themepark, it is easy to find elements to include like a castle or other park landmarks (see Illuminations photo above).

A page from the Composition Chapter of the Fireworks Photography eBook

A page from the Composition Chapter of the Fireworks Photography eBook.

Next the eBook goes into more advanced techniques for photographing fireworks. They go in depth as to what are Neutral Density (ND) filters.  The different types and what they mean.  How using an ND filter affects fireworks photos and the pros and cons of using them.  I learned that you don’t have to set your aperture to f/16 or f/22 with an ND filter as it makes the streaks very thin.  Something I found in my ND filter firework photographs.  I hope to improve the next time I am photographing fireworks with ND filters at Walt Disney World.  They also talk about a technique called the Country Shutter which is something I used to do back in film days and still works marvelously with digital cameras.

The last chapter goes into how to process firework shots to get the results you see in Disney brochures. They go step by step using instructions which can be used for many popular photo editing software programs like Adobe PhotoShop Elements, PhotoShop, LightRoom, Apple Aperture 3 and many others.  You will see how to maintain detail in the fireworks while keeping all the bright colors you remember seeing in the shows. In other words, you will “Wow” your friends and family both at home and online.

I know what you are thinking.  Between this blog and many other websites, you could find all this information for free instead of purchasing Fireworks Photography at its current introductory price of $14US. Ebooks are good for a couple of reasons. One, you can put them on your smartphones, tablets, netbooks and laptops and have access to all their information without needing an Internet connection.  Two, the topic of the eBook (in this case, fireworks photography) is laid out in one place with examples, details, suggestions and ideas by the authors who are experts.  They have done all the searching, researching and compiling for you as well as passing on their knowledge and experience.  In many cases, it is far easier and less time consuming for me than doing all the work myself.  Well worth the money in my opinion.

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9 Responses to Fireworks Photography eBook Review

  1. Wow, 55 pages on photographing foreworks? I didn’t think there was THAT much to it! Does it get really technical?
    Personally I prefer to read up on the basics and then wing it. Half the fun is playing around and experimenting 🙂

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    • Many pages are similar to the one I shared in the article with inspirational photos to get you psyched for taking fireworks. It’s a good read and excellent resource. In some places, it does get technical as one does need to understand the basic exposure principles and techniques of photographing firework displays from small local shows to hugs ones like Disney puts on every night.

      They encourage experimenting and practice. This is an excellent eBook for anyone who has never tried fireworks photography before and for those who have and got discouraged with their results.

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  2. Karma says:

    Oh, like it was such a hardship for you to have to take extra trips to Disney to learn how to photograph fireworks! 😉

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  3. milkayphoto says:

    That first image is spectacular! I love the idea of having elements in the forground with the fireworks. Too often, I fall victim to just photographing the fireworks themselves, which can be pretty but much less interesting. I can’t wait to see all the Disney fireworks in October! 🙂

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  4. truels says:

    This month I will – finally – purchase a DSLR camera 🙂 – it would be fun to celebrate this with fireworks (-photos)!

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  5. Nye says:

    This will be a good resource, I haven’t have much luck with photographing fireworks. The first image looks awesome, it must take a lot of skills and talent. 🙂

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