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Aug 21, 2016 19:14 |  #1

I have a wedding coming up soon and the B&G want a sparkler shot or two. Never done one before so any help would really be appreciated. I have a ton of spaeklers to practice with but any advice would be great thanks.


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Aug 21, 2016 19:42 |  #2

Unless you're really comfortable with flash, you'll be pushing your gear. That being said, it's totally doable; you'll just have to keep them still. I shot this at 1/160, f1.8, ISO 5000, and I still had to push it a stop in post (next time I'll be at 8000).

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Aug 22, 2016 07:12 as a reply to  @ rebelsimon's post |  #3

Thanks for that much appreciated. I am shooting a 5D3 and a different lens line up so things have moved on in the kit dept. I will give that a go on practice night. Thanks again


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Aug 23, 2016 23:48 |  #4

And suggest to the couple to get the right kind of sparkler. Should try to be the maximum size if possible. More time to work on getting the shot and if a large number of people you need to have them stay lit while they rush to light them. This shot was with a flash on the camera body aimed right at them. The sparklers give off some good light. Have to take charge and guide everyone where to stand and what to do. Good luck.


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Aug 24, 2016 09:08 |  #5

If you feel comfortable with off camera lights, you might want to put a flash behind the couple and one on-camera for fill. The backlight does wonders lighting up the smoke from the sparklers and gives some "depth" to the images.

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Aug 28, 2016 02:21 |  #6

Fantastic thanks for the info and the flash looks great. With the higher iso did you have your flashes low powered thanks


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Aug 28, 2016 21:02 |  #7

bobb d wrote in post #18108827 (external link)
Fantastic thanks for the info and the flash looks great. With the higher iso did you have your flashes low powered thanks

Yes. You don't want to blow out the background too much with the flash.


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Aug 29, 2016 12:42 |  #8

jcolman wrote in post #18104561 (external link)
If you feel comfortable with off camera lights, you might want to put a flash behind the couple and one on-camera for fill. The backlight does wonders lighting up the smoke from the sparklers and gives some "depth" to the images.

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Aug 29, 2016 21:55 |  #9

Really not a fan of sparkler exits but I get that brides want to do them.

I think a flash is essential for good results

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Aug 31, 2016 00:44 |  #10

I like that 1DX2, have me thinking....:)


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Aug 31, 2016 12:28 |  #11

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I like that 1DX2, have me thinking....:)


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Nov 01, 2016 04:04 |  #12

What kind of advice can you give me to get great wedding nighttime sparklers pictures.
Should I use a flash? I have a wedding coming up this friday.

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Nov 01, 2016 09:44 |  #13

Johnny5D wrote in post #18172654 (external link)
What kind of advice can you give me to get great wedding nighttime sparklers pictures.
Should I use a flash? I have a wedding coming up this friday.

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Just go up a few post and you have Mike's settings :)


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Nov 17, 2016 16:03 |  #14

I would try and avoid flash altogether and instead push the ISO to the max and increase shadows in post


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Dec 14, 2016 09:13 |  #15

If you decide to use flash to fill in make sure you gel it.


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