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How to write using light

posted by carlos24, May 29, 2007 5:45 PM — 18 comments

This is (hopefully) what it will look like after you have finished:

You can get much better results if you have more space, but I had to do this in a very small room, since it was the only room which was dark. Make sure that the room is as dark as possible, or even simpler just do it at night time. This is because the shutter will need to be open for a long time.

Once you have you room, you will need either a stand, or some place where you can rest the camera on top. It is also helpful if you have a remote, or you can simply have it on a timer, but remote is best since you will be ready and in place when you take the image. You can try and experiment with different shutter times, ISO settings, WB etc, or simply use the ones that i used;

Shutter speed: 10 seconds

Aperture: f20

ISO: 100 (lowest possible on your camera)

White balance: ~5600k (doesnt really matter)

Then with the lights switched on, focus on somthing that is the same distance away as you will be, and then turn auto focus OFF.

Try and wear somthing black, or none reflective otherwise the light will very slightly bounce of you. Have the remote in your hand, and then click away. Then with a strong light, ie LED torch, start writing what ever you want in mid air. You can obviously also do patters, figures, shapes, anything.



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1. posted by termserv, May 31, 2007 7:26 PM

Nice! Thanks for the tip! :) I will definetly try this once!


2. posted by mostafa_mn, Jun 10, 2007 8:38 PM

wow!
that was realy amazing ;)
thnx 4 ur nice tut :)
--
can someone tell me - plz - what are Aperture , ISO and White Balance ?
are u talking about digital cameras?


3. posted by powdermonk, Jun 12, 2007 10:38 AM

This is really amazing.
Thanks.


4. posted by CWMGary, Jun 13, 2007 10:57 PM

@2 - google those words - aperture, ISO and White Balance... or check the other tutorials on this site.

They are three key concepts in photography whether digital or film(check also Shutter Speed). A point and shoot digital camera may or may not have some of these things in its manual settings, but if you're serious about photography, you'll want to learn about them.

Thanks Carlos for the post - sometimes it's the simplest things that can have the greatest wow factor...

Try putting a very dim light on a subject in frame (and keep them very still) so that they will be fully exposed in the final picture, then draw "Wings" on them with light...

I'll have to try that one myself, but my kids won't sit still long enough!!


5. posted by TallMike, Aug 5, 2007 11:22 PM

Another great way to mix things up with this effect is to have somebody standing still against a black background (or in the dark) and draw things around them for them to interact with.

A group of friends and I tried this and got some really stunning results using just the torch made into a friend's mobile!

We tried it backed onto a busy road and got the lights streaming past (light lines - google it) which was a massive bonus.


6. posted by eagedesign, Sep 3, 2007 1:22 PM

hey... actually i tried some thing like this but not writing...
i stay next to an airport. so it was really dark that night and moon was out of frame. i used 10 sec shutter and f11 (thats all my cam allows me) and an ISO of 80. i clicked wen a plane took off. well now u can guess what the resuld would be. If u have an airport near any mnay flights on the sky, then try this out in the night. u will get amazing result.
psssst:- plz show me the result once u have it


7. posted by csoxa, Sep 24, 2007 6:06 PM

Thank's man!Thats great, show my pics!


8. posted by kman00, Oct 8, 2007 3:46 AM

Good tutorial, just got my film back! Too bad I had B&W film in the camera...Anyone any good at colorizing black and white?


9. posted by barro, Oct 19, 2007 8:26 PM

Muito bom. Gostei muito da idéia de usar a luz para gerar as imagens. Muita criatividade. Parabéns.


10. posted by b_shadown, Jan 16, 2008 6:44 AM

well, actually when u do that u can also switch your ISO exposure (ie. 100 with 10s) to avoid some ugly things, like the color of some places whit more light or specially lights sources like cars lights or house lights.
In others words, the higher the exposure u have (400, 600 800) the more sensitive your shot will be, and the less time youll need to take the picture. enjoy.


11. posted by cole2011, Mar 12, 2008 5:19 AM

i believe it was picasso who did this first. Very genius idea. Good job informing those who were not aware. Decent tutorial. Nice overall.


12. posted by carlos24, Mar 12, 2008 8:50 PM

thanks for all the comments


13. posted by miguelpez, Mar 28, 2008 11:55 PM

that nice bit


14. posted by kissmearse, Jul 3, 2008 1:18 AM

I would think that would be okay... but would you not be better off making some pointless lines in the air then turning those lines into a brush?. that way it makes everything eaiser.


15. posted by jagarbosse, Aug 29, 2008 9:58 PM

using this technique you can make really cool night/evening pictures!

Tripod + camera + flashlight outdoors, and light up a car, flower, tree or something, when everything else is dark.

Thanx for the reminder of this tech ;)


16. posted by mizuno12, Jan 19, 2009 7:02 PM

GRACIAS

THKS....

Muito bom, brigado


17. posted by bmcvn, Oct 21, 2009 12:07 PM

Another great way to mix things up with this effect is to have somebody standing still against a black background (or in the dark) and draw things around them for them to interact with. http://mariecurie.biz

A group of friends and I tried this and got some really stunning results using just the torch made into a friend's mobile! http://tinyarticle.com

We tried it backed onto a busy road and got the lights streaming past (light lines - google it) which was a massive bonus.


18. posted by careersB, May 27, 2013 3:52 AM

short & sweet...this was good info

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