On Tech Crunch, a rather sensible rant against taking pictures of fireworks.
You’re never going to look at those firework photos or videos anyway. The courteous, pity-likes you would’ve gotten on Instagram mean nothing. What matters is if you were truly alive, awake, and inspired by the spectacle, not some digital momento or proof. You’re probably not going to capture 1/10th of what it was actually like to be there, so why sacrifice the first-hand experience for some crappy, second-hand imitation?
I’m not always one to argue that photography gets between you and the moment— to the contrary, it can be a way of encouraging yourself to pay close attention— but in this case, I think the argument is right on. And my fireworks pictures usually look crappy.