Photoshop or not, foregrounds help.
Last year, I went to my first 4 fireworks events in Tokyo (we have tons) where I took and processed photos without using photoshop. This year, I've attended 2, so far, and I've decided to try some composite shots. I try to keep my composite shots as realistic as possible, with the hope of making the viewer feel like they are at the show.
However photoshop or not, one this has remained the same. I always try to use a foreground in my photos (normally people). Due to strict-ish privacy laws here in Japan, I have to ensure no one is able to be identified, so I have to wait until the perfect moment to capture my foreground for the composite shots and blur any faces.
I've found a foreground helps with the scale of the fireworks, and adds a little something extra. Around the web I've seen so many people just photographing the fireworks without a foreground, but I can't help but feel those photos are missing something. My advice to anyone trying to improve their fireworks photography is to try using a foreground interest.
Do you have any advice for people looking to improve their fireworks photography?
I know my photos are far from perfect, but I think I'm improving with every even and every photo.
I have a ton of events still upcoming between now and December, so I'm open to any feedback on how I can improve my work, since it's difficult to look at my own work subjectively .