Sparkler Writing

How to write with Sparklers / A Fourth of July Photography Lesson

Last year, my husband and I hung out with some friends of ours around the 4th of July. I had a bunch of sparklers left over from a previous shoot and decided we were going to write with sparklers for some after dinner fun. After posting a couple of photos on Facebook, a lot of my friends wanted to know how I did it. For those of you who own DSLR cameras, this is a quick and very easy lesson for you. 

What you'll need:

-A tripod or something to rest your camera on. Just make sure your camera won't move.
-Sparklers (I got mine from Target).
-A Lighter.
-3 people (One to man the camera, one person to write messages, and another to light sparklers!).

Camera Settings:

You'll want your camera on shutter priority mode. I found that 10 seconds was long enough for writing words in the air and 5 seconds was short enough for shapes (i.e. a heart). You'll just have to experiment a little and figure out what works best for you! If you finish writing your word before the shutter closes, just pause at the end of your word until you hear it click.

Writing with your Sparkler & Editing your photographs:

I wrote everything normally from my perspective, left to right. Some people think you have to write everything backwards, personally I think that is hard to do when you have 10 seconds or less to write something and think backwards! This is where editing is pretty important,  I just dropped my images into Photoshop and flipped my canvas under the image rotation tab. 

So, that's all there is to it. Happy 4th of July everyone! Make sure to Instagram me your photos @danzigfilm -- I'd love to see how they turn out!