A sturdy tripod is essential for fireworks photography, which requires long exposures (i.e. when you keep your camera’s shutter open for more time than usual). A tripod will keep your camera steady throughout the exposure, thereby minimising blur in your images.
A cable release or remote release is also really handy if you have one, as this will minimise camera shake from your pressing the shutter button. Alternatively you can set up a 2 second timer delay on your camera, which will do a similar job to a shutter release.
To help your camera function at its fastest, be sure to have a fast (95MB/s+) memory card or two.
Don’t forget to empty your memory card in advance – there’s nothing worse than having to delete images to clear space while on location, and potentially missing a shot!
Finally, make sure your camera batteries are charged in advance so you can snap away all evening without any worries.