How to: Sparkler Wedding Tutorial

facebook_0107A recent client asked me to capture a “sparkler” shot- you know, the iconic “love” written in sparkler light. Being the overly-self-confident person that I am, I readily agreed that such things were easily possible. ha.

These shots are much more technical than first meets the eye. In case you are, like me, always gung-ho for a new challenge- here’s the process. Learn from my mistakes.

Concept: 

Open the shutter, write the word with your sparkler, hop out, flashes pop to freeze couple and shutter closes. Your couple is sharp, and your sparkler effect is magical.

Equipment list: 

-2 off-camera flashes on stands, equipped with camera triggers. I use Photox, as they are extremely reliable and half the price of pocket wizards.

-Tripod. 3 legs. you know the metal spider-looking thingy. Can not free-hand this project.

-20″- 36″ sparklers. The little guys just don’t work. Don’t forget a good lighter.

-Assistant. Not technically equipment, but definitely required 🙂

Step 1:

Set up your flashes to aim directly at the couple, one on either side, just outside of the frame. 1/2 power is a great place to start.

Step 2:

Set your Camera Flash mode to  “Rear” also known as “rear curtain”. Google how to specifically change this on your camera model or consult your manual.

Step 3: 

Set your shutter speed to “bulb” It’s near the slowest possible on your shutter dial.

Step 4: 

Set ISO to 200. Less noise the better since the shutter will be open so long.

Step 5: 

Set your focus on the couple. Because it’s completely dark outside, we held up the lit sparkler to get focus on them and then moved from there.

Step 6: 

Press and hold-down the shutter, have your assistant start writing or swirling with your sparkler.

Step 7: 

Once finished, hop out of frame, release shutter, camera flashes will go off and your image is captured.

 

It takes practice to get the writing legible or in the right spot etc. But super fun and well-worth the time! I want to experiment with this concept using other light sources- flash lights, led bulb etc…

Solo Deo Gloria.

Uncategorized
September 22, 2013

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE AT RITZ PARIS - FRANCE

MOST STYLISH SHOES FOR THE MODERN BRIDE

auras biggest dreams for the year to come

FAVOURITES

EXPLORE READERS

CATEGORIES

BROWSE THROUGH MY

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way. 

WE ARE SOULMATES

WHY we're the perfect match

"Christa, you are such a delight to work with. You bring so much energy and direction to a photo shoot. The photographs you take, are truly a reflection of your talent and passion in photography."

"you bring so much energy
and direction to a photo shoot...."

Ken & Jessica

Long before I was engaged, I knew I wanted Christa Taylor Photography to capture the special moments of my wedding. She more than met our expectations, and seldom a month goes by without somebody telling us how gorgeous our wedding pictures turned out! 
 Working with Christa is like finding some awesome girlfriend who completely gets you and can show you the beauty in whatever project you're undertaking. I recommend her to every bride I work with! Thank you, Christa, for your incredible work!

"Christa is like finding some awesome
girlfriend who completely gets you..."

Cassie & Jed

Aura captured the wonders of our day. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the. 

"felt surrounded the allure
of grace every single second."

KATE & CASEY

Christa is absolutely PHENOMENAL! My husband and I are beyond blessed to have had her capture our day! She was so great at directing people kindly and having fun too! She's a blast and we enjoyed the day more because of her! We loved getting to know her and she even had us to her home the week after our wedding for a brief photo shoot since the weather had been bad on the wedding day...she really went above and WAY beyond the call of a photographer and became our friend! She's the type we'd schedule a photo shoot with simply to see her and catch up!! Her baby is the cutest most joyful girl just like her momma! 💕There are not words to reccomend Christa highly enough! 💕We love you Christa!!

"SHE WAS SO GREAT AT DIRECTING PEOPLE
KINDLY AND HAVING FUN..."

GABRIEL & TYLER

Aura captured the wonders of our day. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the. 

"felt surrounded the allure
of grace every single second."

OSCAR & ODETTE