If you can, go for fireworks that play out over grand architecture or water for colorful reflections. If possible, get permission to shoot from a tall building for a unique perspective. After learning the rockets' firing positions, visit the site before the event and choose several shooting locations. On the day of the celebration, set up at one that's crosswind or upwind of the display. Otherwise, by the time the finale comes, you'll be shooting through smoke. 3.