Light painting is a fun way of using light as a brush to paint your creations! Its a fairly easy technique which is not just fun to do but can give you some amazing results. All you need to light paint are:1. A basic DSLR camera (or mid-level point and shoot capable of long exposures)
2. A Tripod (or a flat surface where you can keep the camera steady)
3. One or more light sources: Torches, LED lights or sparkling sticks. Experiment with different light sources and you would be amazed at the results you get.
And of course, a dark or a semi dark place to shoot the painting. If you have a dark drape in handy use it as a backdrop.Now for the steps:a) Set the camera on the tripod and increase the shutter speed to 1/10 or so. If your camera supports even slower shutter speeds try going lower. (A 1 sec. or a 2 sec. SS gives ample time for you to draw to your hearts content!)b) I recommend using the “Self Timer” option to reduce the shake while manually clicking the photo. It also allows you to get into position with your torch.c) Use the torch like a brush and paint in mid air. You can switch on and switch off to get dots, or “paint” with the torch on to get lines. You can also try suspending the torch and setting it in motion to get elliptical patterns. Use your creativity here.
These steps are just a starting point for you to start exploring the possibilities of light painting. Unleash your creativity and you will have some magical pictures in your fold.