Easy Light Painting Photo Project for Beginning Photographers (How To)

December 02, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This week is a bit backward.  Since starting my YouTube Channel, I would use one of my blog posts for a video.  This week I created the video first and am following up with this blog post to give more details of what I created.

Light paint is a fun project that I enjoy and if you have done firework photos you already are doing light painting photography.  While some may think this is a difficult project, I assure you that it is not hard or complicated.  So let's just start with the simple setup in my video.

Setup
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  • Setup in a room with no windows and at night time to remove any ambient light sources
  • I used a small pocket flashlight
  • I used colored straws (3)
  • I cut the straws into 1-inch lengths and taped them together
  • I used black electrical tape to attach the straws to the pocket flashlight
    • The color from the straws did not show in the photos
    • Most of the color is from post-processing
  • I tied a string to an object near the ceiling ( be careful what you tie to )
  • I taped the flashlight to the string

Taking the photos
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  • I used manual focus
  • ISO of 100
  • Aperture of F22
  • Shutter speed can be from a few seconds to several minutes if you like
    • I used 8 seconds, 15 seconds, and 30 seconds
  •  I also leveraged the built-in interval timer but you can use an external intervalometer.
    • This allowed me to do multiple takes before changing settings
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ISO 100  |   F22  |   8 Sec

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ISO 100  |   F22  |   8 Sec

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ISO 100  |   F22  |   30 Sec

 

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ISO 100  |   F22  |   15 Sec

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ISO 100  |   F22  |   15 Sec

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ISO 100  |   F22  |   8 Sec


 


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