I get lots of fb messages and emails on how I was able to get certain shots that I post. I by no means consider myself an “expert”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m confident in what I do…I’ve been doing it about 7 years!, but photography is something I never feel I could COMPLETELY master. Technology is always changing, equipment is always changing, I’m always trying to get better and learn more. I often think to myself how cool it is that my job is that way. I have worked at jobs where you know all you can, and then the job is just a job. And I’m so stoked I don’t have to live that way anymore. But enough of that, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
Playing with light is so much fun. I recently planted a garden that everyone told me it would never work b/c there wasn’t enough LIGHT in the yard where I wanted to plant. I had a photographer message me some pointers and say, “Being that you’re a photographer and you monitor light, you’ll be able to figure out some alternatives”. Such a true statement. We just see things differently. I was hanging aluminum foil and othe reflectives to bounce off the light. And can I just say, my garden is OUT OF CONTROL…it’s so huge.
First up, the heart sparklers.
I wish I had more time to show all the shots we took here. It’s a lot of trial and error…especially with sparklers. It’s hard to get each side of the heart to make it into the shot, and be even. Either we were missing the dips in the top or bottom or the sides weren’t symetrical. I just looked, and we did EIGHTEEN shots to get a successful heart. But it’s totally worth it. =)
So for settings, I was on
Shutter: 1/1.2 (of course with a tripod!)
(this is by no means the ONLY way to do a shot like this…but it’s what I preferred considerint all the elements around me)
Lastly, the shutter speed was a tad too quick for the sparklers to get all the way to the bottom of the heart so I used the clone tool to connect them at the bottom.
Done and Done!