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Sparkler Art - Not Just for the 4th of July!

Sparkler Art - Not Just for the 4th of July!


Written by: Allison Swan

Sure, the 4th is over... but because it happened on a Wednesday, the festivities will likely go on through the weekend! Here's something fun to try... write with sparklers! Once the sun sets, grab your friends, light up some sparklers, and get your cameras ready. If you're camera savvy, skip to the advanced option below.

Step 1: To create words, use one person per letter or one person to write words in cursive.

Step 2: Have everyone face the camera with their sparklers in front of them.

Step 3: Write the letters backwards so the camera sees the words the right way. (If this is too difficult, you can always flip the image later in a photo editor.)


Advanced option: 

Step 1: Use a DSLR or a point-and-shoot camera. Make sure the shutter speed can be manually adjusted.

Step 2: Place your camera on a stable surface.

Step 3: Set the shutter speed to 3 seconds. If the photo is too bright, increase the shutter speed to 2 seconds. If it's too dark, slow the shutter speed to 4 seconds. Or, adjust your aperture and ISO as needed.

Step 4: Focus on the sparklers and have someone light a sparkler in its final position to help focus in the dark.

Step 5: Press the shutter button and count out loud so everyone has the same timing. The motion to create the letters should start on “one” and end on “three.”

You can also download an app that lets you adjust your shutter speed, like the Slow Shutter Cam app.

Writing with sparklers isn't just for July--it's an unexpected way to create beautiful wedding photos, capture summer gatherings, and to celebrate birthday parties. Try it out and create your own!

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