(Closed) How do you photograph sparklers?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010


You just put the shutter speed to open longer.. Some cameras don’t have a long enough shutter speed.

If your camera is on an auto setting it will stay open longer if you turn off the flash.

someone else might have a better way to do it.. this is the only way I know how.

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

What type of camera do you own? that would help out a lot because it would be different for digital cameras versus a dslr (like I own)

Usually, there is a bulb setting and it wouldn’t be available under the auto setting. You would need to have a camera that is able to go into manual.

If you have manual settings; set you aperature (f stop) to 5.6; ISO to 100; and use a 30 sec or more exposure.

You probably will need a tripod or a sturdy place.

I actually took a class and we did some night photography with flashlights. I can dig up my notes to help you out more if need. just pm me. we traced a person with a flashlight which would like what they are doing with the sparkles…omg! I really love this picture. I think I might have to dig out my notes and force my fiance to partake in this. I don’t do a lot of night photography…usually natural light is for me 😀

Post # 6
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

my photographer said a slow shutter speed and tripod.  We are writing “THANK YOU” with sparklers and turning them into our thank you cards =o)

Post # 7
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

it looked a lot like this:



Here’s a guide that I found online with a quick search:


I also love this website for all types of tips in photography plsu they have a forum to ask questions and get help from all types of photographers and different levels:

Digital Photography Tips and Tutorials


here is a better tutorial:


Not fimilary with canons..If there is a knob, does it have a M on it? Because my samsung point and shoot contains this and I think most of the new forms of point and shoots now have manual settings. If not, look in your menu for either nighttime setting (it should have moon icon) or for manual.

Post # 8
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Ok, go to your menu, and look at each setting (I find they’re sometimes mislabeled).

Find the one that says: .5 sec, 1 sec, etc something like that. Most point and shoot cameras have their shutter speeds marked by seconds–both my nikon and kodak have that. Experiment with which one works best!

Make sure you’re in a pretty dark area, set it up on the tripod (having someone hold it means it will be blurry…experience) and voila!  Oh, and remember, it’s backwards on film, so write anything you want to spell Backwards!!!

Post # 10
216 posts
Helper bee

Are you doing this yourself ?   If you have  wedding photographer,   they should know.      Just like the other poster mentioned ……..  you put the camera on tripod and open the shutter longer.        In your example, they also popped a flash in,   but i would recommend NOT using any flash.    I’ll attach an example for you when I find one.

Amanda Bowers Photography


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