Light Graffiti

This time our project was to draw with light!  Sounds crazy, I know.  But with the right camera it’s actually possible.  The first thing you have to do is go into manual settings and change your camera into Bulb Mode.  This allows you to keep the shutter open for a long period of time and capture a bunch of light.  You also have to change the ISO’s in your camera to 100.  After you have completed these steps take a few friends with you and to go to a dark place, as dark as you can possibly find.  You should bring a flashlight or some Christmas lights if you want to spice it up.  Then set up your tripod and camera and start to draw!  The way you do this is by pointing the flashlight as the camera to create a streak of light.  If you want to “paint” some light into the photo you point the light away from the camera and at whatever you are trying to paint with light.  While this is happening have one person push down on the picture button to make sure that the shutter is still open.  Also have the subject of the photo stand still as any other people draw around them.  This can create some really cool shots!  Before taking a picture thought, you want to have a clear idea about what you are looking for.  Especially if multiple people are drawing at the same time.  When my own group tried to take a picture without being totally clear, one person did something completely different then the other and they had to re-take the shot many times.  It was hard to draw without being able to see what you are leaving behind, so don’t get discouraged if you have to re-take shots.  It is a part of the process.  You can do many things using this technique!  Take lots and lots of shots and try to think out of the box.  Whether you are drawing a light mermaid or a simple heart take your time and have fun!

Here are a few of my favorite pics I took with my group!  If you want to see more click the link.



















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