I know today is only July 3rd but in typical frugal Yankee fashion our small New Hampshire town has Fourth of July Fireworks on July 3rd. Yes, it is always the night before - at least for the 18 years I've lived here. I used to think they didn't want to compete with the bigger ones in Boston, but it turns out that hiring a licensed pyrotechnic person is much less expensive if you don't want them on July 4th. Makes sense when you think about it. Ours are shot off a barge which is anchored in the middle of Cobbett's Pond so at least there's no worry about fire danger and plenty of shoreline viewing.
So tonight I will once again being trying to get some shots of the fireworks. I thought I'd try to get some hints to make my photos better so.. . let me send you to a couple of very informative sites I found.
Digital Photography School - I love the photos in the article, particularly the one with the light shining on the people looking up. There's lots of info about camera settings. The big thing I learned last year is that using a tripod really helps.
Article from HP site Scroll down a bit to take a look at the panoramic instructions - this is an intriguing and simple way to capture a several sets of bursts which you can then stitch together into a panorama. Very cool!
You might want to check your camera and see if it has a special setting for night scenes or even fireworks. These will automatically set the aperture, focal length, shutter speed and aperture for you. Also check your camera manual - there may be some recommendations on settings for your camera.
And above all - don't forgot to look up and catch the show!!