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Writing with Wedding Sparklers

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

 

writing with sparklers

 

I ran across a cute blog the other day -  and it got me thinking – maybe people use sparklers for things other than weddings.

OK, I know this is true, but seeing a bunch of college prepsters spelling out sorority names made me laugh!  I particularly am fond of the one with the crown.

See for yourself.  There are all kinds of things people do with wedding sparklers instead of using them at weddings!

 

 

This blog consists of a cute girl, her dad (who has a lifelong dream of writing with sparklers) and a bunch of friends!  The College Prepster – TCP – you will love this blog and the cute daily posts.  She suggests using safety sparklers which is really  36 inch sparklers or 20 inch sparklers.  They have long handles so you will not have to worry.

sparkler crown

sparkler crown

There are so many cute ways people write for their weddings.  Some people spell out their new last name with sparklers, others write out their wedding date.  One of my favorites is this vintage looking photo where everyone draws a heart with the sparklers. People call me often asking what size sparklers to use for this purpose.  Because the 20 inch sparklers last 2 minutes and the 36 inch sparklers last for 4 minutes, they are the best ones to use for this purpose.  It might take a few tries to get it just right…be patient and the sparklers will do the rest!

JLB Wedding Photography

JLB Wedding Photography

 

How to Use Sparklers in Your Perfect Wedding Video

Monday, October 28th, 2013

wedding video tips
Happy couples everywhere send us photographs from their wedding to show us how they used our product, Sparklers, to create an even more fun and exciting wedding day for the bride, groom and guests. Often we get funny, creative photos that come alive because of the many ways couples figure out to use wedding Sparklers. But what about your wedding video? If you are fortunate enough to be able to hire a professional videographer, then you may get a really high quality wedding video. But even the good videographers often don’t know how to get those exceptional shots of people using our Sparklers.

Surround the Couple in Bright Light

Our wedding sparklers are the brightest on the market. They also burn for a full four minutes which is longer than most brands. These two facts make it possible to get some gorgeous still shots and video shots. One idea that works well is placing guests on both sides of an aisle who are holding newly lit sparklers. Any photographer worth his weight would be able to get some amazing photos. But the fact that sparklers will burn for four minutes makes it easy to get incredible video of the happy couple strolling down the aisle with guests on both sides waving bright white sparklers.

Tips on Sparkler Writing

Another good idea for wedding video shots using sparklers involves placing a dozen guests behind the happy couple who wave the sparklers in a circular motion.  A videographer can move from left to right, slowly recording happy smiles against a sparkling white background. Of course, many of our customers have fine-tuned the art of Sparkler writing and we get photos all the time of guests spelling out the words “L-O-V-E” OR “J-O-Y”.  Sparkler writing can take a bit of finesse to master but a good wedding videographer will be able to get some great shots of guests drawing circles in the air or making zig-zag patterns.

Find a Clever Backdrop

Finding a unique backdrop for videos and photos is just part of the process of being able to get wonderful wedding videos that the whole family will love. Look for areas where there’s an unusual architectural feature like an old brick wall or ornate archway. Placing a few guests in the background with lit sparklers will bring the shot to life. Shots in front a pond or water fountain are always a favorite. If placed correctly, the sparklers will look as if they are lighting up the water giving your video and still shots a dramatic appeal.

At Sparklersonline.com we specialize in making your wedding every bit as special as you dream.  And wedding sparklers can make it unique, beautiful and memorable. We hope the above tips are helpful for your wedding video but they would also work well for an anniversary party, birthday party, or any festive event.

Wedding Sparkler Writing

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

As you can see from our photo contest, wedding sparkler writing is all the rage.  We have been thrilled with photos shared by photographers and brides spelling out their wedding date, the word “love” or a favorite is the hearts formed by the wedding party.  I thought I would repost the sparkler writing tutorial from Studio Tran – a favorite of us here at SparklersOnline!  Long live wedding sparklers used in interesting ways!

Please enjoy the photography tutorial from Corine Tran and share your photos with us!

Studio Tran Photography
Studio Tran Photography

I am going to paste the information below, but please make sure to visit her blog here.

Sparkler pictures are fun and magical. I mean who doesn’t love sparklers? They have become more and more popular at weddings as an “exit” where the bride and groom run through. Ive received a lot of emails and facebook messages asking if I would share how I took the sparkler pictures I have been posting so I thought I would share some tips and tricks.

I’m sure there are many different ways you can do this, but this is what I have found works the best.

You will need at least 2 off camera flashes on stands, a tripod, camera, wireless remotes, sparklers and someone to take the picture (assistant, friend of couple).

I put my flashes on manual at 1/2 and point them directly at the couple. Since this is a long exposure picture you will need the off camera flash to basically “freeze” the couple and their movement. I like the bride to hold the sparkler and then I light another sparkler off of the brides already lite sparkler to write a word or make a shape. This makes it appear like the bride wrote the word, but in fact I am doing it. Since the bride is hold the sparkler and its rather close to her and this is a long exposure shot, you are getting a lot of light cast off of the sparkler on to the couple. The off camera flash and closed aperture will help with this. When I first tried this I did not take that into account and my flash strength was not high enough or close enough to the couple and my aperture was too wide. I got a lot of light and color cast off on to the couple and they were a little blurry. OK a lot blurry.

Next you will need to set your camera to manual so you can control both the aperture and shutter. I have found being around f/14 or f/16 works well. The higher your aperture the more your sparkler will be defined. If you are more wide open your sparkler will appear less defined and more like balls of light.

For the flash setting on the camera, you will want to set it to rear. If you leave it normal the flash will go off at the beginning of the exposure. We want the flash to instead fire at the end of the exposure, right before the shutter closes. So set this to “rear” This burst of light from the flash will help to freeze the couple and their movement. I usually have the couple look at each other, kiss or look at the camera. Whatever you are having them do it would be best if hey could hold as still as possible. The flash will help to stop their movement but it will not freeze them completely. So they still need to hold as still as possible.

Next you could do this two ways. You could set the camera on timer for the length of time you want your exposure. Since I don’t really know how much time I am going to need I have found setting the shutter to “bulb” works the best. You will need an assistant or someone to actually take the picture while you are doing the writing. What they will do is when you are ready they will depress the shutter button and hold it down to start the exposure. You will then write/paint with the light source (video light or sparkler) and once you are finished and have stepped out of the frame they release the shutter. The flashes will fire, the shutter will close ending the exposure and we will have our picture.

So now you are asking, where do we buy really cool sparklers? The sparklers used for the below pictures came from www.sparklersonline.com. Some were the 20 inch and some were the 36 inch. The 36 inch burn for almost four minutes and give you plenty of time to get more then one picture. If your client wants a sparkler picture I would recommend they at least buy the 20 inch sparklers. Anything smaller is well, too small.

So to recap…

- off camera flashes on a higher manual setting, 1/4 or 1/2. I used 1/2
- use a high aperture, I like being around f/14 or f/16
- get flashes as close to subject as possible without being in frame
- tripod
- set camera flash setting to REAR
- use Bulb to control how long your exposure is

Finalists for the Wedding Sparkler Photo Contest

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Wedding sparkler photos…the last memory of the evening for the bride and groom… are among my favorites!   The variety of photos has amazed me.  Some have been elaborate events while others have been intimate backyard affairs.  Regardless, the sparklers speak for themselves and light up each occasion in such a simple and special way.  I am truly grateful to everyone who shared their pictures and to everyone on Pinterest who repinned these adorable wedding sparkler photos.

Many congratulations to the finalists listed below.
Out of 200 submissions, these photos were repinned the most.  Definitely swoon-worthy!  (listed in no particular order).
The winner will be announced within a week.

Kristin and Robbie - Jonathan Hare Photography

Tessa and AJ - Andrejka Photography

Megan and Shane - Keely Yount Photography

Megan and Shane - Keely Yount Photography

Heather and Eric - Aaron & Susi Matzke Photography

Christy and Fraser - Toni Skotcher Photography

Kimberly and Adam - Damien and Michelle Photography

Photo Contest

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Please take a moment to visit our Sparkler Photo Contest Page and see some of the amazing submissions!  We are thrilled to have so many of our happy wedding sparkler customers submit their photos.  What I did not anticipate was the amazing comments everyone has been so thoughtful to share about the sparklers.  Here are just a few to highlight:

“Childhood memories of playing outside with sparklers brought a sense of playfulness to the evening and the beauty of the bright lights against the night sky and white dress brought a touch of romance to the final moments of the magical night.” – Megan and Brad

JLB Wedding Photography

Spring Sparkler Photo Contest

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I am beyond excited about this sparkler photo contest!  We have been receiving submissions for the past 4 days and have over 200 photos from our customers.  Not only are the photos amazing, the comments are lovely.  Learning how much the sparklers meant to the bride and groom, how much fun the guests had, how it felt like the perfect way to start their life together as husband and wife has been amazing!

Please take a look on the photo contest page of the website.  We have some amazing submissions and the prizes are amazing!  First place wins $500 to the couple, $500 to the photographer and a feature in a national advertisement (Martha Stewart Weddings, Bride Magazine or Style Me Pretty).  The remaining 4 finalists will win $100 each.

Here are some of the photos in the lead.  Have one you want to submit?  Click here!

Brody Dezember Photography

Lightphoria by Siang Loo

Studio 19 Photography

Tessa Marie Photography

Lauren Miller Photography

Wedding Sparkler Photo Tutorial

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I feel incredibly grateful to be passing along a truly amazing tutorial today from Corine Tran of Studio Tran, a talented photographer.  I opened my emails a few weeks ago and found some of the most creative sparkler photos I have ever seen…you all will flip!  I begged her to white a “how-to” and she happily agreed.

Studio Tran Photography

Studio Tran Photography

I am going to paste the information below, but please make sure to visit her blog here.

Sparkler pictures are fun and magical. I mean who doesn’t love sparklers? They have become more and more popular at weddings as an “exit” where the bride and groom run through. Ive received a lot of emails and facebook messages asking if I would share how I took the sparkler pictures I have been posting so I thought I would share some tips and tricks.

I’m sure there are many different ways you can do this, but this is what I have found works the best.

You will need at least 2 off camera flashes on stands, a tripod, camera, wireless remotes, sparklers and someone to take the picture (assistant, friend of couple).

I put my flashes on manual at 1/2 and point them directly at the couple. Since this is a long exposure picture you will need the off camera flash to basically “freeze” the couple and their movement. I like the bride to hold the sparkler and then I light another sparkler off of the brides already lite sparkler to write a word or make a shape. This makes it appear like the bride wrote the word, but in fact I am doing it. Since the bride is hold the sparkler and its rather close to her and this is a long exposure shot, you are getting a lot of light cast off of the sparkler on to the couple. The off camera flash and closed aperture will help with this. When I first tried this I did not take that into account and my flash strength was not high enough or close enough to the couple and my aperture was too wide. I got a lot of light and color cast off on to the couple and they were a little blurry. OK a lot blurry.

Next you will need to set your camera to manual so you can control both the aperture and shutter. I have found being around f/14 or f/16 works well. The higher your aperture the more your sparkler will be defined. If you are more wide open your sparkler will appear less defined and more like balls of light.

For the flash setting on the camera, you will want to set it to rear. If you leave it normal the flash will go off at the beginning of the exposure. We want the flash to instead fire at the end of the exposure, right before the shutter closes. So set this to “rear” This burst of light from the flash will help to freeze the couple and their movement. I usually have the couple look at each other, kiss or look at the camera. Whatever you are having them do it would be best if hey could hold as still as possible. The flash will help to stop their movement but it will not freeze them completely. So they still need to hold as still as possible.

Next you could do this two ways. You could set the camera on timer for the length of time you want your exposure. Since I don’t really know how much time I am going to need I have found setting the shutter to “bulb” works the best. You will need an assistant or someone to actually take the picture while you are doing the writing. What they will do is when you are ready they will depress the shutter button and hold it down to start the exposure. You will then write/paint with the light source (video light or sparkler) and once you are finished and have stepped out of the frame they release the shutter. The flashes will fire, the shutter will close ending the exposure and we will have our picture.

So now you are asking, where do we buy really cool sparklers? The sparklers used for the below pictures came from www.sparklersonline.com. Some were the 20 inch and some were the 36 inch. The 36 inch burn for almost four minutes and give you plenty of time to get more then one picture. If your client wants a sparkler picture I would recommend they at least buy the 20 inch sparklers. Anything smaller is well, too small.

So to recap…

- off camera flashes on a higher manual setting, 1/4 or 1/2. I used 1/2
- use a high aperture, I like being around f/14 or f/16
- get flashes as close to subject as possible without being in frame
- tripod
- set camera flash setting to REAR
- use Bulb to control how long your exposure is

If you have any tips or tricks, please add them!

Real Wedding of the Day

Friday, February 10th, 2012

I found this adorable couple on The Bride Cafe and am so excited to share their images.  Ally and Jon had a beautiful sparkler wedding farewell.  The bride is STUNNING and the tags on the sparklers look like they are from www.foryourparty.com.  Such a cute couple!  They 20 inch sparklers are such a fun end to what looks like a lovely evening.

Cutest Brides…

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

It amazes me each week to see the number of brides who send me photographs of their wedding sparklers.  Such fun to run my little business and be a small part of someone’s wedding – often helping to create “the perfect photo” with my wedding sparklers.

Here are a few of my recent favorites:

First are Ally and Brian using 20 inch sparklers.  An intimate beach affair

Next is Cami and I promise you, this is a direct quote from her email…”The wedding sparklers made for the most wonderful grand exit and let me tell you – our guests LOVED them! A lot of people said it was their favorite part and left them wanting more. One person even described it as a “Hollywood wedding” because of the sparklers. The 36 inch were perfect and lasted a long time, so we didn’t have to worry about timing everything precisely.”  visit her blog at http://www.cami-jane.com for some more amazing photos!

Finally is Whitney who said “I just wanted to send you this picture of my husband and I leaving our wedding reception to your 36 inch wedding sparklers. They were perfect for the venue and everyone loved them. Thank you for making out day so special!”



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