Well here we are at our 2nd light painting attempt . If you missed the first story of light painting , a general overview of what it is : 

You have a light source , in most cases it’s a long colored plastic tube with a bright flashlight inside . Basically you can buy clear tubes at Home Depot ( used for fluorescent light covers ) or you can order color tubes online . You can do this with 2 people or more . ( 1 person can do this , but , need remote etc. ) 

I would recommend 3 people , camera person , model and light person . ( you can do without a model ) . But , if trying this , my recommendations are this for each person . 

1. Camera person  : Should be using a tripod and a remote . Set the camera on bulb . When the light person begins hit the remote and shutter stays open till you push remote again . 

2. Light person : the light person should should do a little countdown 3, 2, 1 , so the photographer knows when to start camera and then begin moving the tube . And when movements are complete , say stop . If you the camera person doesn’t know when to stop they will continue to get the unwanted movements . Ex: 

The light person walked away as my shutter stayed open . 

3. A model : I don’t think a model is necessary as you can create some beautiful art with just the light . But if you have a model . Have that person strike and interesting pose . ( I prefer dancers ) . But the job of the dancer would be to hold an absolute no movement pose . The results of movement : 

You will catch the movement in your camera . So model when the person with the light says go , you should be in a position you are comfortable , can be still , and hold your breath . 

So that’s my quick over view . 

My camera settings were : 

Shutter – Bulb 

Fstop ( aperture) – 13 

ISO – 200 to 250 . 

These were just my settings that night . It’s up to the photographer how light or dark they want the photo , the longer your light person designs you would want to be darker . We were about 4-6 seconds shutter open . 

This is really new to us . So we are learning as we go as well , I am by know means and expert at this . 

Results from our light painting : 


Written by steveedreff

Steve Edreff is a photographer who is currently located in New Jersey and normally works out of New York City. Currently Steve has holds New York City Media pass as well as being a contributor to Getty Images and Istock. With the media pass Steve has been a photographer on hand for most parades and media events throughout NYC. The his preference is doing photoshoots with different style dancers , he also has photoed at New York Cities fashion week , photoshoots with Mrs. New Jersey, New York, Vermont , and Pennsylvania. Along with the photography , he has created an independent magazine "Street Views" that includes dancers and traditional style photography.


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