It’s fun to photograph fireworks on July 4th, but something I also enjoy this time of year is light painting with sparklers. It’s super simple to do, and you can even use a flashlight or LED light to get the same effect. I propped my camera up on a tripod, set it to “Bulb” mode, set the aperture (I used ƒ/4 for these images) and then used a cable release to hold the shutter open until each person had finished writing their name … well, I guess I had some help on the one I wrote. :)
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