With the Fourth of July coming up, it occurred to us that sparkler photos would be a great way to commemorate the holiday. If you're a photography buff, then you've no doubt tried this or something similar. But if you've never taken a sparkler photo, it's actually pretty easy.
Basically, it's long exposure photography. While the camera shutter is open, you can draw pictures or words with the light from a sparkler. You can find lots of tutorials on the web, like this one
and this one
. There's also a Sparklers Flickr group
that has over a thousand photos to inspire you. See what you and your kids can come up with!
(Image: Katie Steuernagle)
- Katie Steuernagle
(Re-edited from a post originally published on 7.02.2010 - CM)