Night Photography, Part Two…


Last time (part one), I showed you the night photography technique that is the easiest (light trails). Now I’ll show you a technique that isn’t as hard as you might think.

Light painting, basically means pointing the light on your subject or pointing the light at your camera, thus the light itself becomes the subject.

I researched online how to do light painting and tried to get ideas for my assignment. I found two really neat ideas. One was creating parabolas with light, the other was drawing stick figures with light. I did both.

I’ll show you the parabolas in this post, and the stick figures in the next.

Exposure: 18 sec at f/11, ISO100
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Exposure: 11 sec at f/11, ISO100
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Exposure: 121 sec (2 min) at f/11, ISO100
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Exposure: 61 sec (1 min) at f/11, ISO100
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Exposure: 30 sec at f/11, ISO100
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Exposure: 60 sec (1 min) at f/11, ISO100
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

How’d you do that?

It actually turned out to be rather easy to do. Take your light (I used a flashlight and a little purple LED) and hang it from a string. Suspend the string above your camera. Push the flashlight (or LED) to start swinging on the string. Put your camera on a long shutter speed. And have fun creating parabolas!

Until next time…
~nic

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2 thoughts on “Night Photography, Part Two…

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