Drawing With Light: Trying New Photo Techniques

Drawing with light, I just had to try it. Like anything photography related, I watched a few YouTube videos and then I was ready to try it. This technique required a few things:

  • DSLR
  • Tri-pod
  • Shutter release
  • Bug spray
  • L.E.D. flashlight or light source
  • Mediocre drawing skills

The whole idea of writing with light is to slow the digital camera’s shutter speed to capture exactly what you pretend to trace or outline. What makes this fun is you can use any light source you want – flashlights, sparklers, bulbs, etc.

Proper settings are imperative for this to work, I used:

  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/13
  • Shutter speed of 15 or 30 seconds
  • Manual focus

img_5304The trick to get a sharp light drawing photo is to use a tri-pod and shutter release. This will keep the frame steady while the shutter is open and the only movement will be the light. I set my DSLR to remote control and turned on the 10 second delay. Keep in mind that is also needs to be pitch dark!

For my drawing I used a flashlight which had a strip of six small L.E.D. lights. I made sure to manually focus the camera exactly to the spot where I would be standing. This is important or the photo will be out of focus. I took my remote and hit the release – once the warning light started to blink I began to draw for 15 seconds. I made sure to go slowly and/or retrace my original drawing.
img_5313Next I will try sparklers! I also like the idea of keeping the subject who is drawing slightly in view… the light from the sparklers will help to achieve this.

Has anyone else tried this?!

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