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Photographing Fireworks: The Right Gear, Location, and Techniques for Capturing Beautiful Images by Alan Hess

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Tricks of the Trade

How to Be in the Right Spot at the Right Time to Get a Great Shot

For successful fireworks shots—or shots of any other light trail images—you’ll need to plan. Plan where you’re going to shoot from and what you’ll need to bring. And give yourself plenty of time to get all the great shots you want. Read on for details.

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Getting There (Early)

After years of photographing fireworks, I’ve learned a lot about getting myself in the right place at the right time.

Check for any restrictions on shooting. Some places require you to have a permit to shoot, especially if you plan to use a tripod. It is a good idea to look into permits ...

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