Light Painting with Sparklers

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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. :)

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

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

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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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