Take shots that sparkle

With the nights draw­ing in, Adam War­ing breaks out the sparklers for a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive les­son in light paint­ing

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Break out the sparklers and get cre­ative with night paint­ing

Light paint­ing is a fun and cre­ative as­pect of photography, where you use a bright light source, such as a torch, to ‘draw’ on the cam­era sen­sor. But with bon­fire night on the way, we’re go­ing to swap the torch for a sparkler, which adds a glit­tery qual­ity to the light.

There are a cou­ple of challenges you’ll need to over­come. Un­like a torch, you can’t turn a sparkler on and off, so there’s lit­tle room for er­ror, and

With bon­fire night on the way, we’re go­ing to swap the torch for a sparkler, which adds a glit­tery qual­ity to the light

you’ll also have to take a few safety pre­cau­tions to avoid burns or ac­ci­dents.

Be­cause it’ll be dark, it might take a few at­tempts to get the com­po­si­tion and fo­cus right. Us­ing a wide end of a stan­dard zoom lens is the best way to fit longer words into the frame.

Once you’ve got the cam­era locked on a tri­pod and set­tings sorted, it’s time to get scrib­bling. Keep the sparkler mov­ing to avoid hotspots and use smooth, de­lib­er­ate strokes. Here’s how…

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