The idea of light photography is an amazing concept to us. Jake is obsessively in love with photography and is always looking for the next project to do. He keeps talking about Light Graffiti as his next photography project.
To do light photography, you need a camera where you can control the exposure, f-stop, and ISO (dSLR is best). You’ll also need a tripod. The concept of light photography is really simple… however, actually doing it is a little more difficult.
To do it, you simply set your camera up on the tripod (must be done at night time). Slow your shutter speed down to 8sec-30sec. Your camera may read 8″ or 30″ where the shutter speed would normally look something like “1/60″. When you slow down the shutter, you’ll be capturing a lot more light. To compensate for this, you raise your F-Stop (thus making the Iris of the camera smaller). This will take some playing with to get right because the lighting is going to be different in every case. You’ll also want to set the ISO to something in the ball park of 1600. This is the “sensitivity to light” rating on cameras.
If you’re noticing that the photos have “noise” in them (noise is like a static fuzz overlay), then this is due to the ISO being set to high. No worries, its a quick fix. Lower the ISO down to either 400 or 800.
Finally, set your camera to a 10sec delay, stand in front of it, and wait to hear the shutter open. Then start moving the flashlight (or light source of any kind) around like a mad (wo)man! You’ll create streaks of light all around the frame of the photo. If you continually move your body, then you won’t show up in the photo. The brighter flashlights will work better for this.
Hopefully, we’ll be sharing our very own light photography project soon!
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-Jake & Megan