How to photograph fireworks — the DON’Ts


The once every 3 year big party Züri Fäscht is a good chance for firework photography. And firework photography I tried. I rented a Canon 6D and a 24-7-0 2.8L USM II, and read a bit of tips on how to photography fireworks — a first-timer should better prepare myself — and went.

Those tips were great. I guess the results were not absolutely awful for a first-timer. However, I guess it’s equally important to know what NOT to do.


  • When the event organizers are selling tickets for reserving the best tables for firework watching on the west bank of the lake, don’t just think it’s just a commercial nonsense and go to the east bank.
  • If it’s a big event, don’t rely on luck and start to try to find a spot only 30min before the firework starts.
  • It’s good to bring a tripod, but don’t forget the docking plate for the camera.
  • Tripod is sturdy but it’s not a toy. Don’t play with it too much. It may break.


I guess these points explain the lack of composition and wavy instant-noodle touch of my pics. Hope I can do better next time.


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