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Try This – How to Take Confetti Photos



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

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The Set-up

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.

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Camera Settings

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: 

Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 1600

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!

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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!

Have fun!

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3 Responses to Try This – How to Take Confetti Photos

  1. Melissa E Earle February 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Great post! Loved the information and how cute these photos turned out!!

    How did you blow the confetti? Did someone drop it? Or did the little girl blow it from her hands? Or both?

    Did you have your camera on a trips or were you hand holding it?
    Thanks so much! Cheerio, Mee

    • LouiseGlendon February 8, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks Melissa!

      Yes so she blew them herself, and it took a few goes and me explaining to do it softly, but high enough that it blew towards the camera.. and all handheld, as I am too lazy to set my tripod up!

      Another shot we did a few times was her throwing the confetti in the air, it fell in a cool way around her and was fun!

  2. Jenna Fullagar January 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

    Hi, what focus setting did you use please?

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