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Kristan Jan Q. Franco is rooted from General Santos City, and is a 20-year old student of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. With the course Information Technology, he is into web designing, graphic designs, ads, and photography. Having been introduced into digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop and CSS coding, he began designing variety of graphics in his high school days. When he stepped into college, his interests expanded. With a cheap digicam and a Single Lens Reflex camera, he was engaged into photography and sees it as a hobby. Read more about KFranco »

Fun with Light Painting

Posted by Kristan Friday, January 8, 2010

Aside from a week full of school stuff, I also experienced frequent brownouts. Since brownouts are boring, perhaps, the very best thing to do during "electricity-less" nights is to play with a camera! A very fun way to do this is to paint using light!


Light painting is a fun digital photography technique which gives you great results. Since this technique is freestyle you don't need to experiment much of it. You'll just need to learn shutter speed, and aperture, and be sure to have this following items:

1.) a camera capable of long exposures. DSLRs are the appropriate example.
2.) Tripod. Since we use slower shutter speed, probably 15 to 30 seconds, we should make sure that the camera will stay still, or else, your output will be a crap. If you don't have one, create your homemade tripod!
3.) Source of light. Flashlight is the best example. You need this to paint with light.
4.) Dark location. In my trial photos, I used the living room as the location because there is no moving object with light that could ruin my output.

How I started it:

I set a slower shutter speed, ranging from 15 to 20 seconds. I set the aperture to f14, with 300 ISO.

The output:

Within 20 seconds, I drew a stickman sitting, and if your perception is the same with mine, then good, but if it was not like mine, then the output must be crap.


...and this? It seems like an after-effect of 2012 movie. The walls are cracking, and the lava will spill!


Lastly, the most freestyle output, STICKMEN! If you perceived these as stickmen, then highfive!

So, start painting with light now! You'll enjoy seeing those clumsy and perfect shots you got. Let your imagination work!

P.S. I'll be posting some of my latest light-painting outputs next time.

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