Professional photographer bees: sparkler questions

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MsquareM:  For a true professional, it is not difficult. For someone who just uses their camera to shoot on automatic, you probably won’t get the results you’re looking for. Sure they’ll get it, but it most likely won’t be very sharp or in focus. The common misconception is that every DSLR is a “really nice camera”. Yes, it’s certainly a step up from a point and shoot or iPhone, but it really is just an overside point and shoot when you’re using it to shoot on automatic. 😉

If budget is an issue, you can just do it earlier in the night, which is actually VERY common. Don’t call it a “sparkler exit”, rather ask the DJ or band to make an anouncement that “the bride and groom would like everyone to grab a sparkler and join them for a photo op outside”. 

Post # 4
395 posts
Helper bee

I normally shoot sparkler edits right after the first dance. It’s not something for an amateur to shoot. You need a tripod, knowledge of bulb settings, how to balance the light with ambient light and I add off camera flash. Its not complicated if you know what you’re doing but a gong show if you don’t. You also have to have the skills to direct a large group of tipsy people holding fire and ladies with lots of hair spray and flammable dresses! Have a pro do it! 🙂 

Post # 7
395 posts
Helper bee

@MsquareM:  hi! Im speaking of just a sparkler exit. Too many people try to just shoot it with the light from the sparklers only and get a lot of motion and blur in the couple. That’s why I pop and extra flash aimed at my client. 

Post # 9
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MsquareM:  I am not a photographer but I just wanted to chip in with the experience I had at a wedding over the summer.  The couple REALLY wanted that “LOVE” picture above, where it’s written by people in the air with sparklers…they spent over an hour trying to accurately capture that.  If even ONE PERSON is off by a SECOND you have to redo it.  

Post # 10
73 posts
Worker bee

If you can make it happen, try to stretch your budget even if just by a little bit… if you are getting a full day coverage for someone charging 1000€, it most likely means they are just starting out, in which case probably will not be able to get the photo you want. Then again, I’m based near Munich, so maybe prices are different down here..but I always tell my couples to keep the photographer on throughout the reception even though they have friends and families who ‘have great cameras,’ because reception lighting CAN be tricky, even for a professional. Last summer I had a bride only book 5 hours because a relative could shoot the party… well, needless to say she came back regretting that decision, and her brother hired me for his weddining this coming summer and will not make that same mistake 😉 After your food is eaten, the flowers have wilted and the dance floor is nothing but a memory, all that will be left of your reception are the photos…don’t risk it 🙂 

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