Fireworks at a wedding can be a really wonderful thing to photograph. All the loud flashy explosions of light and color can really help you create some strong images. However, it is not always the easiest.
You may find that where the fireworks are and where the guests are standing is quite dark. This not only challenges you to get your exposure right but also to focus correctly. You may be able to manually focus while your camera is on a tripod but there’s a chance that your subject may even more out of frame. Since we chose to shoot this image handheld, we had to figure out a different means. That was timing. We had to wait until the fireworks lit up the sky, focus on our subjects and then fire away. This worked pretty darn well to be honest but we wouldn’t say its the “go to” method for capturing fireworks.
We could have opted to use a flash to light our subjects, but since we are not a big fan of images lit with a flash, especially outdoors, we relied entirely on the capability of our camera and it’s ISO performance. We also knew that when we came to edit this image, some pretty serious noise reduction would be needed. We concluded that it would be worth it.