While in the middle of a Pinterest binge, I found a post about photographing sparklers. I’ve seen these types of pictures posted every summer and marveled at them over the years. I never had a clue how people managed to get a camera to do something like that. I figured there was some complicated manual setting and manipulation required that I could never hope to manage. When I found out this was not the case at all, I was skeptical. So, I decided to give it a try with my family on the 4th of July.
Surprisingly, it was not complicated or difficult. I have the Canon Eos Rebel T3i camera. I didn’t need a special filter, flash, or lens to get these pictures. All you need to do is put your camera on the “night” setting. You know, the one that shows a head outside on a starry night. Keep the camera really still and hold the button down to take the picture until you hear the camera finish taking the shot. It takes a couple of seconds for the camera to take the picture, and in this time it will capture the movement of the light from the sparkler. It’s easiest if your subject is continuously making the same shape or letter. Brooke decided to try the letter B. The letter was flipped in her direction in my picture, so I just used Pic Monkey to horizontally mirror the picture. Now, Brooke has her B facing in the right direction. For this and other beginner photography tips, check out my previous post on easy photography tips for moms and my photography Pinterest board.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!! Setting off fireworks and playing with these sparkler photographs was definitely the highlight of our celebration! The whole family had fun trying different patterns and letters.