How to Shoot and Post-Process The Fireworks This Weekend

If you’re here in the US, on Sunday, we celebrate our independence from Dave Williams, Glyn Dewis, Dave Clayton, Peter Treadway, and the rest of England, and we do this by making hot dogs and hamburgers out on the grill, and then at night, we shoot off fireworks. It’s a very American day, and as such, lots of people get injured shooting off fireworks. But that’s not going to be us — we’re going to photograph (from a safe distance) and then post-process the heck out of our shot, so they look awesome (and we don’t get hurt).

A while back we did a special 4th of July episode of ‘The Grid’ all about how to take great fireworks shots. Erik (the Rocket Man) Kuna and I cover everything from the gear to the techniques to the post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom and lots of helpful tips along the way.

We get right to it from the start (we have a lot to cover), and if you’re looking to make great fireworks shots tonight, we give the exact time-tested recipe of settings that can’t miss!

Here’s wishing and your family a happy, safe, and fun 4th of July. Hope you get some great shots! 🙂


P.S. A big thanks and shout-out to the more than 1,000 photographers who attended our ‘iPhone Photography Conference.” It was a roaring success — it was so much fun — and we’re very grateful you were there to share it all with us.