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 confetti photo 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 but a plain wall will be fine
Being winter we chose to shoot inside and relied on window light. I set up in front of a large window and used my thunder grey backdrop as I knew the colour would pop against it.
You don’t need a professional backdrop… a plain wall will look great. 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. But as it were, I needed to shoot in a position in the house which needed the backdrop to avoid the surrounding clutter.
Admittedly this was a trial and error operation 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!
My test shots led me to make adjustments based on the following lessons learned:
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
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.