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Painting With Light

Think about it for just a second…What are some of your most fantastic Fourth of July memories? The point is you have them don’t you? For so many great reasons, the Fourth of July is just about the perfect holiday. Food, friends, family, and sunshine; all celebrating a decision to live free. But when you’re a kid, there’s really only one show in town. FIREWORKS!

They’re terribly dangerous but awe inspiring in a way that few things are. Each pop and fizzle will leave an indelible mark on your child’s mind.

This Fourth of July, give them a moment to remember (and keep). Light off some sparklers and like Apollo, let’s write words in the night sky!

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Objective

Learn a little about photography

Spice up your fireworks fun

Get some awesome Independence Day photos

What you need

Long-lasting sparklers (check the package, long-lasting ones will be marked)

An iPhone or Android smartphone

A tripod or a way to stabilize your phone

A bucket of water

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Step 1.

Download Slow Shutter Fast Cam from Apple’s App store or Google Play. It’s an app that works equally well on both iOS and Android. Totally free, and easy to use.

Step 1.

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Download Slow Shutter Fast Cam from Apple’s App store or Google Play. It’s an app that works equally well on both iOS and Android. Totally free, and easy to use.

 

 

Step 2.

Put your camera on a tripod. Unless you’re a gargoyle or statue that magically comes to life, don’t skip this step.

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Step 2.

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Put your camera on a tripod. Unless you’re a gargoyle or statue that magically comes to life, don’t skip this step.

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Step 3.

Once set up, have your group face the camera with their sparklers in front of them. Each person will write one shape or letter of the word. Or, one person can write a word in cursive.

Step 3.

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Once set up, have your group face the camera with their sparklers in front of them. Each person will write one shape or letter of the word. Or, one person can write a word in cursive.

Step 4.

Focus your phone’s camera on the sparklers (not the beautiful people about to wave them around).

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Step 4.

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Focus your phone’s camera on the sparklers (not the beautiful people about to wave them around).

Step 5.

Press the shutter button and wave your sparkler in the shape/letter you want to create.

You have about three seconds to pull this off. You need to be at the start, middle, and end of your shape/letter at about the same time. Have someone count “one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three” out loud.

A couple practice runs go a long way in getting the coordination right.

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Step 5.

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Press the shutter button and wave your sparkler in the shape/letter you want to create.

You have about three seconds to pull this off. You need to be at the start, middle, and end of your shape/letter at about the same time. Have someone count “one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three” out loud.

A couple practice runs go a long way in getting the coordination right.

Step 6.

Put your used sparklers in a bucket of water to ensure they don’t start a forest fire! Be safe and have fun!

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Put your used sparklers in a bucket of water to ensure they don’t start a forest fire! Be safe and have fun!

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