Light Painting with Sparklers

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:18+00:00 July 6th, 2010|2 Comments

Canon 7D, Canon 24-105 ƒ/4L IS lens, 10 sec at ƒ/4, ISO 100

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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Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


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  2. Dan Brown July 7, 2010 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Those turned out a lot better than mine. I need to get a camera with bulb mode, I guess. Really cool stuff, Nicole.

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