Editing your fireworks photos in Aurora HDR

Well, 4th of July is over but hopefully you have a bunch of fireworks shots.  What do you do with them?  

Shooting fireworks is quite fun, partly because it's so unpredictable.  Of course you have no idea what the explosion will look like, and of course because it's happening while you are shooting it, you often have no idea how the photos will turn out.  In fact, you may not know until you get them on the computer and take a closer look.  I know that's how it goes for me.  I take a quick look at the back of the camera screen, but it's so small it's hard to tell.

So, today is the day you really examine them closely and determine which ones to process, right?

I have been working through some fireworks photos myself (which were taken in previous years) and decided to create a video that demonstrates how I take a pretty dark and lifeless fireworks photo and turn it into a much better end result.  Here's the video:

Today I show you how I edit a really dark single exposure fireworks photo in Aurora HDR, and create a much brighter and more vibrant image. I use color toning, saturation, temperature and tint adjustments, noise reduction and more. Check it out!

And here are a few photos that I edited using these exact steps from the video.  Have fun with your shots and let me know if you have any questions!