I can’t believe that we will be ringing in the New Year in a few short days! And, a new year means a whole new Picaboo photography project!

The Places We’ll Go: A 52 Week Project

Wherever you may go, whoever you may see, share your experiences with us over the next 52 weeks!

Lets make 2013 memories together. Over the next year, put Picaboo in your pocket and take your camera wherever you may go. Whether it is to a local park, a ski vacation in the mountains or a trip through Europe, we want to see all the places you go. To participate all you need to do is RSVP to the event and then upload one photo a week starting this week on our Facebook page.

Worried you’ll run out of ideas of what pictures to capture? You know we got you covered. Each week we’ll inspire you with new photography tips and challenges.

This project will not only give you the opportunity to make memories of 2013 with a beautiful photo book of your weekly photos. You will also have the opportunity to get to know other Picaboo fans and build a community with with new friends across the globe.

To kick off the New Year, I thought we’d have a little fun with glitter. From fireworks to confetti to the ball in NYC’s Times Square, glitter is a beautiful New Year’s Eve tradition. I have been seeing a lot of photos of glitter. And lets just say, I’m hooked! Glitter is so festive for this time of year and there’s something very whimsical about capturing it in a photograph.

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, there will be plenty of opportunities to capture confetti and glitter. But, of course, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Capturing the New Year- How to Photograph Glitter

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You will need:

  • Chunky glitter {fake snow and confetti work as well} – This is important! If you use a fine glitter, it will be very hard to capture on camera.
  • A willing helper

I grabbed my willing helper a few weeks ago to capture some blowing glitter. She was more than happy to help!

how to photograph blowing glitter

1. Stand Back. You want to make sure you aren’t too close to your subject. You don’t want to get glitter stuck on your lens or, more importantly, in your camera!

2. Shoot with a wide aperture.  This is one that I always struggle with because I normally shoot wide open. But you want to shoot with a wider aperture {I started at f/ 4} so that you can get most of the glitter in focus,

3.  Use a fast shutter speed. To catch the glitter blowing in the air, you are going to need a fast shutter speed. Try starting out around 1/1600 sec.

Now that you have your camera settings ready, it’s time to have some fun! Make sure you tell your subject not to cup the glitter in their hands. They need to position their palm up a bit so that it will blow out over their fingers. Make sure your subject starts with a ton of glitter in his/her hands!


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We had so much fun with this little project! She kept coming up with new ideas and mixing the glitter.

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These settings and tips would also work for throwing snow, leaves {if you still have them!} or confetti that may be falling with the ball drop.

Are you ready to get started on the 2013 52 Week Project? Your challenge this week is to capture a photo that fits in with our theme. Then post your favorite one on our Facebook page.

I can’t wait to see what you all have up your sleeves for 2013!


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