Painting with light, aka light graffiti, is a fun way to stay creative. My friends and I have been playing around with it over the past week or two and I thought I’d share.
We’re still getting the hang of it, but I’m happy with some of the pictures that we’ve done so far. It’s a lot harder than it might look, as most of the time you have no point of reference to help make the lines meet up.
You can easily try this on your own. All you need is a DSLR, a tripod and a flashlight.
Find someplace dark and set the camera on the tripod. You want to adjust your exposure to as long of a time as you can. 30 seconds is a good start, but you’ll probably find that you need longer. Then take a flashlight, point it towards the camera and start drawing.
No fancy photoshop tricks are needed, but it helps if you know your way around photoshop a little. Most of ours’ are multiple photos laid on top of each other because we’ve had trouble finding dark enough areas in Taipei to shoot longer than 30 second exposures. Doing it that way also helps with another technique that we’ve been working on that I’ll share with you in the very near future.
The artists that contributed to this project are: myself, Chris Jones, Tom Bowen, Ed Mayhew, Gavin Hall, Dave Loyd, and John Houghton.