How to Take Stunning Fireworks Photographs

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World-class photographer Jim Zuckerman explains why most fireworks photographs fail, and exactly what to do -- step-by-step -- to take killer fireworks photographs this July 4th.

You don't need years of photographic experience or very pricey camera gear to capture exceptional fireworks photos

Just in time for the 4th of July, world-class photographer Jim Zuckerman offers specific tips for exactly how to take terrific fireworks photos during this week's free "7 Photography Questions" Podcast. In this interview with podcast host Dr. Audri Lanford, Zuckerman explains how capturing fireworks is easy if you follow some easy, specific advice.

"You don't need years of photographic experience or very pricey camera gear to capture exceptional fireworks photos," says Zuckerman, who in the past 35 years has taught photography in many prestigious photography schools online and offline, contributed to countless books and magazines, and is the author of 12 photography books. "Even if your previous shots have all been disappointing, it's really not that hard to take dramatic pictures of fireworks if you follow a few simple steps."

In this interview, you'll discover:

  •     The single biggest mistake shutterbugs make that leads to poor fireworks photos
  •     Why a light meter is useless when photographing fireworks
  •     What exposure to use to get perfect fireworks pictures
  •     How to assure brilliant colors in your pictures of fireworks
  •     The one accessory you absolutely must use to capture fireworks.

Towards the end of the podcast, Zuckerman shares some of his photographs and explains the stories behind them at

Interviews with top photographers are posted to every Tuesday. Listeners can use any computer to hear the podcast at the website, or easily download it to any MP3 player, or subscribe at iTunes for iPods and iPhones. Interview transcripts are also posted to the website, as well as Show Notes, the photographs that are discussed, and all of the resources mentioned in each podcast. To find the current interview with Jim Zuckerman called "Fireworks, Twilight and Night Photography: Photographing Fireworks, Lightning and the Moon," go to:

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