I’ve always wanted to try confetti photos! They’re fun, whimsical, colourful and I knew my kids would love it! And let’s face it… for most of us, photo sessions need to be fun for our kids to willingly participate!
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 #clicklovegrowchallenge
What You’ll Need
- Your Camera (hehe!)
- Confetti (I used coloured circles)
- A plain background/wall – I used background paper, colour: thundergrey
Being winter we chose to shoot inside and relied on window light. I set-up in front of a large window and used my thundergrey backdrop as I knew the colour would pop against it.
If I were doing this in warmer weather, I would have used a plain wall in our foyer with the door open to let in light, or my patio wall outside.
Admittedly this was a trial and error and I had to give it a few go’s so that I could get the look I was going for. Where I needed to tweak:
- At first I used a wide open aperture, but the confetti were all be out of focus blobs.
- My shutter speed was too slow, and I ended up with blurry confetti because it was moving so fast.
- My exposure was a little bright at first, which resulted in blown highlights on pieces of confetti as they hit the light and their colour was 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!
So I made these adjustments:
- Narrower aperture to get her face and some of the confetti in focus
- Faster shutter speed to freeze the motion of the confetti
- With those two requirements, I lost some light so I needed to boost my ISO significantly
- Made sure she used lots of confetti!
- And took a lot of shots on burst mode to give myself the best chance of getting a shot which didn’t conceal her features
My final settings were:
Shutter Speed: 1/500
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 Get 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 our tutorial and share your final image with us on instagram and tag #clicklovegrowchallenge so we can all have a peek!