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- August 8, 2006 at 9:28 AM #170006AnonymousInactive
I have a wedding that I am filming soon where the Bride and Groom will be making their exit in the dark. Their guests will be all lined up holding Sparklers (you know, the things your kids play with on the 4th of July).
Has anyone seen this, or better yet filmed this? I am curious to how it turned out on film. What settings did you use? Did the sparklers provide enough light?
😯 I have never seen this before (let alone do it) but I would think that the main problem here will be how much light will these sparklers give off? Because you dont know, it will be hard to set your camera up correctly ahead of time.
Shoot… while this goes against all practical sense, Im thinking you might have to just set your camera on auto mode for the exposure since it will vary but make sure you use manual focus because the camera will probably not have enough light to lock onto anything. Because this is not optimal light for videoing, you will just have to do the best you can. If the bride and groom complain, youll just have to point out that this wasnt your idea and that you just filmed what happened. If you have a Sony VX, youll have a better chance than probably using any other camera.
This is a good one though. Ill be interested in seeing what everyone else will have to say.
Yes, I’ve done this. I use a 50watt Bescor mounted on one camera.
That thought crossed my mind too but I guess I would have been a little reluctant in pulling out the lights only because I would be afraid of ruining the effect they were after. Call me chicken!
Did anyone say anything?
Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to use lights. Obviously the lighting is my main concern and have expressed that to my Bride. But, if there a lot of sparklers, it might turn out pretty cool…. assuming that I have time to white balance.
I’ll let you know how it goes
I think the biggest concern will be the sparklers burning out the shot thus making everything else impossible to see.
You have basically three choices:
You can leave the camera wide open of which you will probably be able to make out bodies but the sparklers will come in WAY hot.
Leave the cam on auto which will cool the sparklers down but you run the risk of not maybe not seeing everyone or anyone for that matter. However if there are a lot of sparklers, that might generate enough light so that you can make out bodies.
Use a light like Hank did.
For sure let us all know how this turns out!
I would use a small "fill" light. Set the manual controls for a couple f-stops down from ambient. Do a test with the fill light and set from that, even a dry run the day before might give you a good confidence factor. Let the sparklers go over exposed- better than losing the total shot.
***My main "fear factor" on this is clothing catching on fire. A lot of sparklers can generate too many opportunities for burns when that close to each other. If they are held high to create an archway over the bride and groom, suggest a fire extingrisher be handy- this is not a joke.
Hope it turns out great!