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Light Painting, Fireworks, and Summer Fun – An Activity for Kids (Grown-Up Kids too)

Fireworks have a such a magical feel for children and grown-ups alike. We look forward to that grande finale, but then are a little bit sad when the celebration ends.


One of my nephews’ favorite activities, Light Painting, continues the fun throughout the year! In preparation for photographing fireworks and as a “Grande Finale” to my summer enrichment class, we always celebrate with Light Painting. The students learn to set their cameras to their Fireworks, Long Exposure, or Manual Modes to extend their shutter time and let the fun begin.

They enjoy writing messages,

Writing Messagesplaying with glow sticks,

Glow Sticks1 Glow Sticks 3 Glow Sticks 2tracing each other,

Tracing People1 Tracing People 2

and, this year’s all time favorite, creating “Balls of Light!”

Balls of Light 1Balls of Light 5Balls of Light 6Balls of Light 7

I highly recommend experimenting with Light Painting. It’s a great indoor and/or outdoor activity for the whole family!

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Karen Galli

Psst…The Balls of Light were inspired by photographer Denis Smith.

Totally worth googling when you have a chance 🙂

About Karen Galli Photography

Karen Galli Photography specializes in candid portraits of babies, kids, families, pets, and events!

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