I’ve always wanted to try confetti photos! They’re fun, whimsical, colourful and I knew my kids would love it! The end result I was going for was my daughter softly blowing the confetti towards the camera, and I think we nailed it!
You should totally give this a go! Share your results on instagram and tag @clicklovegrow
So what you’ll need:
- Your Camera
- Confetti (I used coloured circles)
- A plain background/wall (I used background paper colour – thundergrey)
So admittedly I had to give this a few goes so that I could get the look I was going for. At first I used a wide open aperture but realised if I did that then confetti would all be out of focus blobs… so I closed it down to f/4. I also needed to use a pretty high shutter speed so that I could capture some of the confetti, and with those two requirements I needed lots of light! Being winter I stayed inside and relied on a window, so my ISO was up to 1600.
I set-up in front of a large window and used my thundergrey backdrop as I knew the colour would pop against it. (If it hadn’t of been so cold outside I would have used a plain wall in our foyer with the door open to let in light, or my patio wall outside.)
Be Prepared for…
I discovered I needed to tweak a few things
- Shutter speed too slow, blurred confetti
- Aperture too wide, focus fell on pieces of confetti and subject out of focus
- Exposure too high, highlights blown on pieces on confetti as they hit the light & colour lost
- A few times the confetti concealed my daughters face…
- And a few times she didn’t have enough and the effect didn’t work!
My final Settings were: ISO: 1600 ~ SS: 1/500s ~ Aperture: f/4.0
I cropped in Lightroom, increased exposure by a touch, increased blacks a smidge and added a little vibrancy to bring out the colours.
Now, let’s be real…
How many photos did I take? Yikes, probably a hundred… but hey, that’s half the fun!
Lucy and I had a blast and I know you will too!
Share your Results!
Have a go at out ‘Try This’ & share your finish product with us or look for inspiration on instagram and tag #CLGtrythis #confettiphoto #clgphotochallenge so we can all have a peek!
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