Friday was July 4, one of the closest things to heaven on Earth for a photographer. You will have a small window to capture a few keepers. Done correctly, you can get some beautiful shots of “the rockets’ red glare” and “the bombs bursting in air.”
When it comes to how to NOT photograph fireworks, I have one simple tip:
Don’t take your camera!
This year, my wife, daughter, and I went to the annual 4th of July celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University. I chose to leave the Nikon at home for one simple reason: I wanted to enjoy the night with my family rather than fiddle with the camera. It turned out to be a great decision. I got to listen to the ooh’s, ah’s, and other commentary from my daughter as she took in the show. It’s one of those memories that doesn’t need a photograph.
The photos included in this blog post are from a vacation to Disney World in July 2012.