Light Painting

June 5, 2010

I bought a Digital SLR camera (Nikon D80) shortly after my first child was born as I realised that this most beautiful of subjects had to be captured in every conceivable pose possible.  However, for two years I wasn’t quite sure how to use the camera.  Not much of a manual-reader, I pottered along happily with the pictures I was taking on the auto-modes.  One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to finally learn how to use it and so I have been going to an evening class to learn.  I love it and look forward to it every week — I can’t wait to get the home-work so I can go out and play.

A couple of weeks ago my tutor taught us how to do light-painting. I came home and tested it on the family and now it is one of the kid’s favourite games — and makes for some really interesting family portraits.  It may seem complicated to do written down but once you’ve done it it’s really easy and only takes a few minutes to set up.  So let me see if I can give you a simple how-to guide ….

What you need:

Setting the scene:

Setting your camera up:

Light Painting:

Have fun!

NB: If like me you have a snazzy camera but not sure how to get the best out of it then this site is a really good starting point for some helpful tips.  To have a look at a guy who is a lot better at light-painting than me, see Michael Bosanko’s site.

Mo. x


Comments (9)

June 5, 2010

This is SO cool, we’re SO going to try this!!!!!!!

June 5, 2010

also very interesting that Great Joel did in such technique

June 5, 2010

Oh he is good that Joel – it is really really tricky to draw something and for it to actually look like what you intended it to be – I am very impressed. We (as you can see) were not nearly as clever – we just whizzed those lights round like sparklers!

June 5, 2010

Thi sounds fab – we’re going to try it!

June 6, 2010

Where are you doing your course? I would love to do one in London. I have the same camera… and just know I could be taking much better snaps.

June 8, 2010

Hi Brooke

Please see my reply to Chantal who asked the same question – good luck in finding a good course – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Mo. x

June 7, 2010

This is very cool! who knew you could even do this?!?!

Chantal Jacobs
June 8, 2010

I have an SLR that I have had for ages and would love to go to classes to learn how to use it, where are you going to yours?

June 8, 2010

Hi Chantal

I’m doing my course in creative photography at the North Kingston college as that is quite close to me in South London which is really reasonable in price and I have a great tutor. However I have heard that are good for a one-day workshop / course. Also an absolutely brilliant resource for all-sorts of courses in your local area is: – but I warn you … you may end up doing more then just photography … I quite fancy giving book-binding a go!

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