How to Paint With Light

How to make those cool sparkler, glow stick, and flashlight drawings. No photoshop required!

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How to Paint With Light
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First, set up your tripod...

First, set up your tripod...

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...and mount your camera

...and mount your camera

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Then, set your camera on "shutter priority". [You could also use "manual" mode, but this way, the camera automatically chooses your aperture setting for you.]

Then, set your camera on "shutter priority". [You could also use "manual" mode, but this way, the camera automatically chooses your aperture setting for you.]

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Set it to a slow shutter speed. Choose something long enough to draw your whole picture! Usually somewhere between 3 and 10 seconds is long enough.

Set it to a slow shutter speed. Choose something long enough to draw your whole picture! Usually somewhere between 3 and 10 seconds is long enough.

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But some cameras can go as long as 30 seconds, and even longer!

But some cameras can go as long as 30 seconds, and even longer!

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Now shut the lights off...

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Then focus on your subject, and press the button to take your photo!

Then focus on your subject, and press the button to take your photo!

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During the exposure, draw your photo in the air with the "light stick". Keep in mind that if you are facing the camera, draw your image/words backwards so they show up forwards to the camera!

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And voilá! Awesome painted-with-light images!

And voilá! Awesome painted-with-light images!

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Get creative with it! Good luck! (Images from my Instagram account :) )

Get creative with it! Good luck! (Images from my Instagram account :) )

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