Fourth of July Fun: Take Sparkler Photos

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)

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