We’ve all been there, a great moment to scrawl something poignant in the air with a sparkler. You get everyone to practice their specific letter of the alphabet, line them all up so they are in shot. You get one chance. You blow it. Why? You didn’t know what you were doing and now you’ve run out of sparklers. Better luck next year they say.
Photo Tips for Sparkler Photography
Here we share some useful camera tips before the winter party season to help you really nail it – for next time.
1. No flash on your phone camera. For those with a camera, use an off-camera flash
2. Download Slow Shutter app if you’re using a phone camera
3. A steady hand – use a tripod where possible
4. Co-operative subjects
5. Lots of sparklers – long lasting ones ideally
6. Don’t take via Instagram as you may lose it, or it not load and you’ve lost the photo forever
7. The below technique:
To get the photo when the magic really happens you want to get it about half an hour after sunset when the exposure of the sky drops lower than that of the sparklers. You’ll have a 15-20 minute window when the balance is just right. It means you’ll get the colours of the landscape as well as the sparkler in shot. For photo savvy folk or those using an actual camera, to get photos of the sparklers, you’ll want a shutter speed of at least a half second in order to capture the light streaks from the sparklers.
For phone camera instructions visit this post.
For examples of cool shapes to make with sparklers visit our Pinterest page.
Remember always play safe. Fire, even on sparklers can be dangerous.
Main photo credit: VinayRao
First photo credit: Bit Rebels
Second photo credit: 3rd Eye Design
Third photo credit: Living In a Different Language