Sparkler Art. Easy To Do & Beautifully Effective

As the above image shows, provided you have the right camera setting, a great backdrop and of course some decent sparklers, you are ready.

The exciting thing about sparkler art is that the only thing holding you back is your own imagination.

To capture the image, professionals recommend that you should use the slowest speed to offer the longest light exposure available on the camera as this will enable you to take brilliant shots.

Set up on a tripod to avoid ‘wobble’ and setting F8 and 25-30 second exposure to start with and see how you go on.

Art is all about experimentation and this proves that a little patience and some skill can certainly give you perfect results if you keep trying.

The good thing about using this medium is that provided you have a good few sparklers, all the family (please ensure that all users are over 5-years of age) and they have some imagination, you are going to have a fabulous time and sometimes it’s the more obscure things that are the most effective.

The long exposure time is your ‘drawing’ time and the camera will capture anything which is done in the interim period and burn it onto the image you will end up with. I would recommend that you have a couple of practice runs beforehand to get the angles etc right but if you do produce some, we would really appreciate it if you could let us see them.

PHOTOGRAPHING FIREWORKS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

Bonfire Night is fast approaching (less than 11 weeks to go – hehe) so thoughts turn to fireworks and of course taking pictures of the event.

Whilst many have top of the range camera’s today, most of us carry a smart phone so we are always ready to get clicking at any given moment.

In most instances, the photographs we take most frequently will be in well-lit/daylight environment during the Spring and Summer months which naturally presents a whole new set of shooting conditions to consider when taking photographs of fireworks, late evening and often in damp conditions.

Here at Epic we have previously offered advice on photographing fireworks effectively but there are a number of useful hints, tips and even an app to help you to get the most out of your iPhone on November 5th.

BEST PRACTICE

• Plan ahead – You can never do enough planning as the old saying goes, fail to plan, plan to fail. There are a few things you can do to avoid being caught out this Bonfire Night it you wish to take some memorable pictures. Where to stand? Usually, we would recommend in the designated viewing area but if you want shots with a specific feature included (tree, bridge, water etc) you must be sure to get there early and set up. Check your battery is fully charged and ready to shoot and clear as much memory space as possible (you don’t want to be ready to take the shot of the night and find yourself without the space to save it). Which way is the wind blowing – this might not be an apparent ‘plan ahead’ consideration but if you bear in mind that if the wind is in your direction, you may end up in a thick cloud of smoke you really should check before you set up.

• Accessories – There are a few accessories available today for most smartphone’s which will be of benefit to you. Unless you have a spot where you can safely rest the camera without the likelihood of any movement, we heartily recommend a tripod. Here at Epic, we use a full-sized one (picked up for around a fiver) but you can get some natty mini ones which are handy if you need something pocket-sized but they can be quite expensive so make sure you shop around. There are also specialist ‘moment’ lenses but these will be more of a hindrance than a help.

• APP – There are a couple of really good ones which have been tried and tested in the fireworks industry by friends and other pyrofreaks; NightCap and Slow Shutter Cam. Out of the two, I think that you will benefit more from the Slow Shutter Cam APP as you will be able to capture the full effect that is seen by the eye with the full light trails. Again, make sure you are fully conversant with the function and give it a try before the night as you don’t really want to be fumbling around whilst you are trying to enjoy the show.

Make no mistake, firework photography is incredibly challenging but once you establish what is going to best suit your abilities and give you the best results, you can only get better.

One final point, firework displays build and you will always have the ‘finale’ to check out so keep some of your energies for the end when the sky will be full of fireworks.

We would dearly love to see your firework pics and would like to feature them on our site. Let us have them via email to the following:

sales@epicfireworks.com

Fireworks Festival Malta 2014

Saturday 26th July saw the skies over the oldest town in Malta, Zurrieq fully lit up with fireworks as the annual pyromusical show took place.

This event, currently in its 7th year, is held the evening before the feast held for ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel and is internationally renowned for the great colours, huge effects and excellent choreography to music which the Maltese are known for.

Malta has become a bit of a ‘mecca’ to firework enthusiasts and has been recently visited by the team from Passfire who are making a film about fireworks around the globe and judging by the sheer number of pictures on their pages of the shells, mechanised fireworks and beautiful shell bursts, they were in no hurry to leave Malta behind.

This year’s event includes a couple of unique high-rise vertical firing columns which have been erected to create distinctive and spectacular display features which they are calling Hanabi Towers.

The night sky was treated to some stunning shapes including stars, space ships and one that looked like Saturn with its rings and an incomprehensible number of magnificent multi shell bursts which changed colour and a huge burst of a massive willow effect with massive stars and colour changes.

All fired using the specialist firing system Pyro Master there were some brilliant slices, super bright colours including some beautiful shades of purple and turquoise and the titanium flashes were so bright they looked like balls of lightning.

Some say that China has the best pyro in the world but having watched videos from around the web of the event in Malta, it would appear that they are definitely at the forefront of invention in regards to pyro and I cant wait to see more.

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