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Fireworks Locations in Epcot for IllumiNations

By Adam Hansen on June 25th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Tips   |    3 Comments

Fireworks Photography eBook Update

Before we get to today’s post, we have a quick announcement.

Today we are excited to announce that we have released an update to our first eBook, How to Photograph Fireworks. The book now has a brand new layout that will make it much easier for those reading on a mobile device, such as the iPad. Along with the new layout, we have also included a number of new photos and graphics, which we think makes it more entertaining and easier to read.

The new version of the book is out now (just in time for those preparing to photograph July 4th fireworks!) and is available for just $14. This was our first eBook released as part of Disney Photography Blog and is still our most popular.

Everybody who has purchased the book already will receive an email in the next 24 hours with a link to download the new copy for free.

Buy Now for just $14

Buy Now for $14


Fireworks Locations in Epcot for IllumiNations

Since we are announcing the update to our How to Photograph Fireworks eBook today, we thought it would make sense to list our favorite spots to photograph fireworks in Epcot. The book was created by myself, Cory Disbrow and Tom Bricker – so today the three of us will share our favorite spot in Epcot for you.

Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Tom Bricker


My favorite location for viewing Illuminations is the Italy Isola, which is the raised part of the Italy pavilion near the lagoon. This area offers a clean view of Illuminations and seems closer to the action than a lot of other prime viewing areas. Unfortunately, the Isola is often used for private parties. If it’s not, head all the way to the corner of the Isola closest to the American Adventure for the best view. If the Isola is in use for a private party, try for a spot that is close to the Lagoon and on the American Adventure side.


Cory Disbrow

One of my favorite remote locations for fireworks is over near the upside down waterfall of the Imagination pavilion. Fireworks are all about color, and this location adds more of that to what would normally already be a colorful shot! You also get an amazing reflection in the water of not just the waterfall, but the fireworks in some sequences as well. To maximize this, I suggest shooting in portrait orientation for this scene. Two warnings for this spot though. Only the higher fireworks will come out in your shots here, so only expect to get 4-5 useable photos from this spot in one night. Also, you won’t be able to hear the music of the show, which some people use as audio cues for when to trip the shutter. So you’ll need to do your homework and be ready for when in the show the big bursts come!!


Adam Hansen

My favorite spot is actually a location I tried for the first time on my most recent trip. I was preparing to setup at the Imagination pavilion in the hopes of getting a shot like Cory posted above. For whatever reason, I moved about ten minutes before the show started and decided to try a new spot. I ended up on the bridge that connects the Odyssey restaurant and Future World. Since I had never seen the show from this spot, I was not exactly sure where to setup. I ended up having to move after the first set of fireworks were launched, but was able to quickly compose the shot and ended up with about 10 “keepers”. I like this spot because there is nobody around and you get a great wide view of the show. You also end up with some great reflections and silhouettes, as you can see above. Unlike some other areas I have shot the fireworks from in Future World, I could actually hear the soundtrack here, which was a nice bonus and made timing the bursts easier.

If you are looking to setup just before the show starts, you can’t beat this location!

Conclusion

We will be posting our favorite spots at the Magic Kingdom later this week!

Remember, let us know in the comments if you have a favorite spot to photograph from at Epcot, we would love to find some new locations to try out!

Thanks for reading and we hop you will checkout the updated version of our How to Photograph Fireworks eBook that was just released!

3 Comments

  1. Arista   |   Jul 2, 2012

    Check out my fireworks pics at aristahaas.tumblr.com … Thanks to your tips my pics came out better than I thought! A few of my pics did not need to be adjusted – just cropped. The grande finale, it was too late for me to get the fstop up to 22. The last picture (not posted on the site) was almost one white spot with the fireworks on top. There’s always next year for the Canada Day fireworks!

    • Adam   |   Jul 2, 2012

      Great job! Glad the tips were able to help you!

  2. Dan Purini   |   Jul 10, 2012

    I have been a fan of your firework shots for some time now. I’ve been visiting this site for a few months now, reading everything I can, and have learned some very useful techniques.
    I have a Nikon D50 which I have had for the past 5 years (but have only ever used it in Auto Mode (shame on me I know). I recently started using the Manual Mode and can already see a difference in my pictures.
    I just purchased your book and am hoping that by reading it and practicing what i read I’ll be able to get some shots during our family WDW trip this upcoming November. Thanks for all the hard work and keep it up.

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