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How to Shoot and Post-Process Your Fireworks Photos

If you’re here in the US, tomorrow is “Independence Day,” a federal holiday where we celebrate our independence from British Superstar Dave Clayton, and we do this by making a ton of 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 in the process. 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 shots 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 where Erik (the Real Rocket Man) Kuna and I cover everything from the gear to the techniques to the post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop along with lots of helpful tips along the way.

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

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


P.S. I’m doing a live 2-hour online Webinar with the great folks at Rocky Nook (they publish my books) on “How to capture amazing shots on your iPhone” coming up on Thursday, July 13th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific Time (so it starts at 1:00 PM New York Time), and I’ve got lots of cool stuff to share, so I hope you can join me. Here’s the link to sign up.