Blowing Glitter – how to photograph it


Finally, it feels so exciting to be writing a blog post again after months and what a cracker to kick off with.

You may remember me mentioning on the blog that I’d seen in a Digital SLR Photography magazine a tutorial on how to photograph blowing glitter. I loved it and having a gorgeous neighbour who I know would be up for it, today I finally managed to have a go for myself.

Here’s a full video of our time including the photos as I took them. I’ve chopped a bit out as it was quite repetative but I’ve missed nothing of interest. As you’ll hear and read in the video it was a simple set up on Aperture Priority using my 85mm prime lens to give me a shallow depth of field at f1.8.

So there it was, I told you she was gorgeous right! Here’s a gallery of the final shots with just a little tweaking and then a filter applied.


I haven’t added it to therein video as some moan on youtube about all that but if you’d like to see me editing in Lightroom comment below and I’ll upload it if enough of you ask. I did a total over the shoulder workflow 😉


So what do you think? Hopefully I’ve showed you how a great, artistic photo can be easily created. Like most of these things you need to be prepared to take a lot of shots so keep it fun for your model and just try it.

Please let me know what you think to this, post your results if you have a go and ask any questions if you’re unsure about anything. I look forward to reading some feedback 🙂



  • Gerry Bolger

    A lovely idea and a great idea, I’d never have thought of it. Must admit am behind with my photography ready & practical and have brought my camera kit and Digital SLR magazines to France so will try doing this with Josh, he’ll love it, as will I.

    I love the shallow depth of field and the fact you capture the glitter in motion, makes it look so easy too.

  • Fantastic tutorial! You had a very patient model!

    • Haha, yes and she loved your doll! I haven’t forgotten you, I took a few with Molly, just trying to do a good job and find the right background.

      • Thank you :))). Take all the time you need :). I’m sure the results will be worth it.

  • Darren Goodall

    Great job, explanations were simple to understand and your model looked very professional. Well done team

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