Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting, Light Writing or Light Graffiti is so much fun!
Seriously addicting!

Step 1: Gather Supplies!

Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
To start, you'll need:
SLR camera (35 mm Film or digital)
a tripod (or other steady surface)
flashlights, laser pens, glow sticks, sparklers, candles, lighters...anything that lights up!
and the dark.

And you might want some little assistants!

Step 2: Camera Set up!

Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Let's set up the camera first.
(and I'll apologize in advance for my grainy phone pictures)
I used a Canon Rebel t3...so I'll show you how I set it up on that,
and you can find the corresponding buttons on your camera.

Set the camera to TV or Time Value.
This means you can set the time that your shutter stays open.

By turning this circled dial, I can change the time the shutter opens from
1/4000 of a second up to 30 seconds.

We set it for the full 30 seconds.
Which in some of the light art was too long...
so you'll have to play around with it a little.

I've got my ISO set to 100.

Step 3: Set up the Assistants!

Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Now you just have to wait until it's dark outside...or find a dark room.

I set the camera up on the tripod and had my assistant pick a light.
My son got this flashing light wand.

I had him hold the wand about chest height so I could focus the camera on the light.
Then I clicked the button and let him play!

It's so fun to draw with the light in the air and
have the camera capture all the action!
Although it looks super boring in the pictures I took with the flash...

Step 4: Play play play!

Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
My daughter used 4 finger lights from the dollar store.
So cool!

Step 5: Add a couple people!

Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Get a couple people in on the action.
Here's my daughter standing still and I drew the angel wings and halo around her!

Step 6: 3 Crazy kids!

Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
And all 3 of my kids with different lights.
Looks like a jumbled light display...but they really got into it!

Step 7: Laser Pens!

Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
Light Painting with an SLR Camera!
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We discovered that a laser pen is a great way to write on the picture.
One person stood with the color changing wand and the person at the tripod held the laser pen.
Get creative and have fun!
Try it tonight!
This would be great for holiday light pictures too!

Hope you liked this instructable!
Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more fun!

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