Light Painting – A Photography Technique

Check out the third of the series of posts by Mili Sharma on the technicalities of photography.

Playing with the light has always been fun. You can do several experiments with lights. One of them is Light Painting. It is one of the photography techniques used to capture light in artistic ways.

Lighting1All you need is to have the items listed here:

1)      A DSLR or a Film Camera

2)      A Tripod

3)      A Light Source

4)      A Dark Room

A DSLR or a Film Camera is recommended because it will allow you to set the shutter speed. If you do not have a tripod, anything that makes your camera stable will work. It can be a table, a chair or even staircase. The light source can be a flash light (torch), LED Flash etc. If you are using a flash light, you can cover it with a colored paper to get different colors of the light. Once you have all these items ready, you need to have a dark room or any other dark place.

Lighting 2


Now place your Camera in a dark room and set to Manual mode. This allows you to set an extended exposure up to 25-30 seconds so that more light is allowed to enter into the camera. Set the Camera on the B mode for ‘Bulb’ and place it at a stationary position and ensure that your camera remains still while the photograph is being taken. Turn on the Self Timer and press the click button when you are ready to go. Draw random images in front of the Camera with the light source you are using. This will capture the image you have drawn.

Try this and I’m sure you will love it. Happy Clicking!!

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