Take shots that sparkle
With the nights drawing in, Adam Waring breaks out the sparklers for a simple but effective lesson in light painting
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…