New Year’s Eve is just a few days away and that means that, for many of us, it’s time to either go to a fireworks show or start planning one of our own. Sparklers are always a great way to have fun at a New Year’s Eve party as well and are friendly for all ages 4 and up. They also make for some great photos and give photographers a chance to experiment a bit more with light settings in a more forgiving environment than that traditionally found in most firework displays. However, you’ll still want to go in prepared so make certain you check out our sparkler photography tips below and get your gear together to get the best sparkler photos ever!
1) Accessorize your camera — A tripod and a flash aren’t just good ideas for this kind of photography; they’re a requirement. There is no way that you’ll be able to hold the camera perfectly still for the long (and we are talking minutes here) exposure times (you’ll want to be in “exposure: bulb” mode) and the tiniest bit of camera shake will give you a photo that is useless.
3) Have plenty of long sparklers — Get sparklers that will burn for 20+ seconds at least. Anything shorter than that won’t work for this kind of photography.
4) Aperture defines details — Higher apertures will give you a lot more details but wider apertures (lower f-stops) will give you a smoother light-line. Experiment with the settings until you have the effect you want.
5) Plan your writing/drawing beforehand — Take some time to practice things first. This will save you a lot of grief during the shoot later!
We want to see any sparkler photos you manage to capture for New Year’s so be sure to share them with us over on Facebook!
— da Bird