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As always... amazing and lovely pics that put a smile on our faces and make us appreciate simple joys of life!! TY Dave! Great job!
Thanks, Mary! Some basic cameras may allow you to do it. Here's what I did...
First, set up camera on tripod. If you don't have one, brace on a fence post or other solid surface.
Choose ISO 800 or 1600
Set exposure to A (aperture preferred), and if you can, choose about f5.6
Choose Manual Focus (not S + MF...strictly Manual)
Pick a spot where you want your subject to stand. Have someone stand there while you focus. If you need to, use a flash light or other light to help you see. To make sure it's in focus, you can take a regular flash picture and review it. Adjust focus if necessary, then turn off that light.
Your meter will pick a time it thinks is correct for the exposure. This will probably be something long, 0.2 seconds or more. Some basic cameras will choose a faster shutter speed, which is what you do NOT want.
If you can, choose "Slow" in your flash settings.
Note: If your subject looks blurry, it may be because the subject is moving DURING the exposure. But, to make the sparkler trace designs etc. that's almost a given. You may need to adjust your aperture to f8 or f11 if the flash makes the subject too bright.
Wow...that's pretty cool Dave! Thanks for the explanation. I'll check if my basic sony cybershot can do that some day. You are a high tech photographer!! Way to go!!
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