I found collection of stunning light painting photos and decided to try my hand at it for my experimental assignment. What is light painting? The short version is “drawing with a light source while a photo is being taken very slowly.” There’s a tutorial on youtube if you’d like some more in-depth instructions. The end results, when done well, often look a little bit like the following image.
My own attempts didn’t turn out quite as well as the example. I didn’t have an interesting light source to work with at all. Instead of a flashlight as in tutorial the video or a sparkler as in the example image, I decided to try substituting my phone. I turned the screen on when I wanted light, and turned it off when I didn’t want light. I set my camera’s ISO speed to 100 and the exposure time to 15 seconds. I had it on a tiny tripod to aim it upward. The end result wasn’t particularly impressive, but it works.
Ways to Improve
Firstly, I can get my focus figured out a lot better. I used a tripod to do my focus, but my heater turned on midway through the long exposure. The vibrations may have contributed to the blurriness above as I had some earlier test photos of the background that weren’t quite as blurry.