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Jul 23

Art of Light Painting

  • SumoMe

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Try something new with your camera. Try “Light Painting“.
Light painting is a great way to explore your creativity…and the pictures look cool! The technique is pretty simple and doesn’t require any special¬†set-up. You can “paint” in your room (No, it does not destroy your walls ūüėČ ) ,park, street or at any other exotic location.

 

What you need:

1. A Camera which supports long exposures; preferably a digital camera.
2. Flash-light/Torch; try different colours and be creative.
3. Tripod; Don’t have one? use any stable platform to keep your camera, if the location is fixed then it might limit you in terms of creating the composition (especially if the location is exotic!)
4. Cable/Remote release (optional) – This might come handy if you want to have the flexibility of controlling the camera shutter remotely. It saves you from setting a pre-defined long exposure shutter time setting and you can paint freely for as long as you want. (Your camera should support the bulb mode for this to work.)

 

Shooting Indoors:

1. Make sure that the room you are shooting in is as dark as it can be, unless you want to show your messy room in the final image.
2. Set up the camera on the tripod and decide the composition. Make sure you make it as wide as possible so as to have a wide canvas to paint!
3. Set the focus of your camera to infinity (unless your room is very small) and switch of auto-focus.
4. Switch off the lights in your room and set the exposure time on the camera for as long as you want it to be.
5. Click the shutter and run(don’t trip over!) to the location where you want to paint. (Remote release is helpful here, if shooting alone or else get someone else to operate the shutter!)
6. Use the flash-light to start painting. You may use it just like a paint brush or a pen. Make sure you switch it off and switch it on again to get discontinuity in the image..else everything will just look one continuous mangled line.

 

Shooting Outdoors:

Everything else remains the same as shooting indoors except switching off the lights!. When shooting outside at a dark exotic location, you can set the exposure for a much longer period, which will provide a nice background for your image.

 

Get Creative:

Get an everyday object and trace out it’s edges. Keep the object in focus and draw something around it.
Check out this link for more inspiration.

 

-Some of my initial shots. Click on the image to zoom-
                                                          (Casper in my room)
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  1. Sreeram

    Nice! ūüôā

  2. ankur

    Hi Gaurav, its noce to know abt light painting. Please tell how to keep shutter open for longer duration in a normal digital camers. Does camera allready have an option to do that or some other technique.

    TIA

    1. Gaurav Dhup

      Hi Ankur, a normal digital camera will have the option of shutter priority mode (S on the dial).. you can vary the shutter speed when in this mode (typically it will go upto 30 seconds).

  3. aJaY

    as heard looked to be quite exciting thing to do…..

  4. Sanjay K Banik

    great idea. Will try and will send you a copy.

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