Happy 4th of July and a how-to create a Sparkler Photo
Posted on July 04 2012
- an SLR camera
- a tri-pod - honestly, I didn't use a tripod. Maybe it is because of what I do, but I have incredibly steady hands. A tripod just assures that you can keep your lens open for the longest time without any shake.
- flashlight - to help you focus on the subjects - and a flashlight person, unless you can do 2 things at once :)
- a lighter and a "lighter person"
- a bucket of water - for said sparklers *smile*
- willing subjects
- Wait until it is dark enough. You want the sparklers to be your primary light source. And a dark background helps make your image stand out even more.
- Decide on what image or word you want to appear. You will give each person a "job" - either their letter or shape. Basically, they will draw the shape in the air over and over again quite quickly until it's time to throw the sparklers in your bucket of water. This is a good time to let them practice and get all squealing out of the way. *note* the faster the movement, the thinner the light stream. the slower, the thicker.
- Set your camera on the tripod and frame your image.
- Set your aperture to a small setting in order to maintain a sharp focus. I used f-stop of 3.8.
- Set your shutter speed to S-L-O-W - try different settings - this is a good time to have one person light a sparkler and just play with the timing.
- Have your "lighter" person light the sparklers.
- Have someone illuminate your subjects with the flashlight so you can focus. Then quickly turn off the flashlight and....
- Now shoot....shoot....shoot....