If you’re doing the holiday weekend right, you’re gonna end up with some sparklers. Maybe because you’re at some official bash with picnic tables and kiddie pools, maybe because your buddy grabbed a three-pack when he went to get ice, but let’s face it – sparklers are awesome. And the Fourth of July isn’t the same without them. And while you’ve got ’em, you should make some light paintings! No, not Thomas Kinkade-ish silliness, but long exposure photos that capture the movement of light over time.
You can’t quite get this effect with a smartphone, as you need full manual settings to set the long shutter speed. But though the visuauls are impressive, it’s actually quite easy to pull off.
Janae Hardy offers a full how-to on A Beautiful Mess, and shows you how it’s done. So! Grab some friends and a camera, and make some cool images this weekend. Have an awesome Fourth of July.
Light Painting with Sparklers [ABeautifulMess.com]