How to Shoot Great Fireworks Photos with Smartphone

July 4th is here and fireworks will be in the skies over many cities in the U.S. this evening. Especially for the event USA TODAY’s technology columnist Jefferson Graham offers tips on how to shoot great fireworks shots with your smartphones.

Stability is going to be key – if you have a way to use a tripod (or mini-tripod) with your smartphone – it can really improve your shots – if you have no tripod or way to secure your smartphone to it, try to improvise – here is a video of how you can make a tripod holder for your smartphone if you are feeling the DIY spirit:

DIY Smartphone tripod mount


The Slate has an even simpler design for a full smartphone stand if you like.

Apps mentioned by Graham in this video:

If you are interested at shooting fireworks with your DSLR (or other “real” camera), we have already looked at a few ways of shooting fireworks on previous videos including 2 Cool Ways for Shooting Fireworks by photographer Tony Northrup, 8 Tips for Shooting Fireworks by Mark Wallace and from a different angle – How to Add Fireworks in Photoshop by Howard Pinsky.

You can check out many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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