When you feel like painting but don’t have the art materials, you can simply grab a camera and a flashlight. When you combine light with long exposure photography, this method is called light painting.
What you need:
- A digital camera with manual exposure settings
- A stable surface (ideally a tripod)
- Light source (you can be creative with this, use anything ranging from a flashlight, colour glow sticks to sparklers!)
- A dark location or a dark room
- Set up your camera on your tripod and pick a focal point for your camera to focus on.
- Take a test shot with no flash to make sure the exposure is overall dark enough.
- Adjust your exposure time (aka shutter speed) to however long you’re painting, here’s a sample setting to use: Aperture f/11-f/22, exposure 30 seconds and ISO 100.
Tips on painting:
- If you’re painting a subject with light, make sure your light is pointed towards it.
- Keep the light moving to avoid harsh lights (unless that’s the look you’re going for).
- The slower you move your light, the more lit up it’ll be in the photograph.
Here are our examples 🙂