For folks in the U.S., July 4th represents an opportunity to capture the night sky all dressed up for summer's biggest party. Whether you're photographing fireworks for the first time or looking for some new techniques to try, we have a few pointers that might help.

Just getting started? Here's a guide that covers all of the basics, from veteran fireworks photographer John Cornicello.

Tips from a pro: photographing fireworks with John Cornicello

We cover the ground rules as well as some extra ideas for creative opportunities in our guide to shooting fireworks.

Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some

And if you're looking for a challenge and you have access to a great viewpoint, take a look at photographer Dylan Schwartz's timelapse of Los Angeles from last year for a little inspiration. But however you choose to take in your local fireworks display – with or without your gear – be safe and don't forget to enjoy the show.