How to Photograph Fireworks at Weddings – Image of the Week #419

How impressive is this fireworks image from the hugely talented duo Emma And Rich? Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen an increase in sparkler and firework shots popping up in our feeds but I have to say this one is utterly outstanding.

It’s a testament to this couple’s considerable skillset that they were able to plan out the shot and allow themselves space to experiment. Many of us panic shoot at times like this or rely on post-production to elevate a picture.

Like almost all of our Images Of The Week though, that connection in the subjects has not been neglected in favour of the clever technical elements. This has been very well constructed and orchestrated to perfectly show off both the fireworks and their romance. A huge thanks to Rich for sharing his technique with us.

Fuji X-Pro2 | Fuji 16mm 1.4 lens | f/2.5 | 1/60| ISO 8000

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What Rich Said…

“Amy is from Australia and Jake has moved down under to be with her so when they came back to the UK for their wedding on Bonfire Night, fireworks were a must-have. Emma had brought a bag of bonfire toffees for Amy as she’d never had them before.

I think this was pretty much the last photo I took at their wedding.

I lit the couple with a video light as it was 11.30 at night and pitch black. The constant light helped me to grab focus and ensure that they were where I wanted them to be in the frame. The camera was flat on the lawn so I was using the back screen rather than the viewfinder. I almost exclusively use the back screen anyway.

Because it was so dark I had to let the shutter speed go down as far as I dared without getting camera shake.

Same with the aperture. I needed to be wide open but still wanted a bit of depth of field to allow a little room for error. (no second tries with fireworks!)

I just let the iso climb to where the couple looked nice and bright.

After some slight adjustments in the first few explosions, I checked the images on the back of the camera. Happy that everything was sharp, I locked the focus in place and snapped away.

A lot of the time, when I’m looking to take a photo, I’m playing about with how far I can push a composition. The initial thought for taking this shot would be to have the couple dead center with the fireworks going off straight above them but I’m always interested to see how things look with subjects in less traditional positions.

Stepping well back and placing them right in the corner seems to make them look insignificant against the huge explosion and yet the light on them draws the eye and you notice them sharing a moment.