How to Paint With Light





Introduction: Equipment

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1. iPhone or iPad
2. The App PhotoBomber
3. Light Source
4. Dark room

You have to use a weak light source as using a bright light source will flare the camera and will ruin your artwork.. Also to note the app PhotoBomber is free!

Step 1: The Painting Itself!

To set up the room turn of all the lights and set the app up by turning the shutter speed to B so you can manually choose the timing of your picture. Next slowly drag your light across the front of the camera in to your desired pattern and pause the shutter on screen. You should take into note that this process can take along time to master and it took me at least half an hour to perfect my pattern but even then.. At the least lets just say it's hard! For examples of my failure just look at the photos in this instructable to get the scale of how hard this is.

Step 2: The End

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    Once upon a time brought a camera to Omnimax laser light show in San Diego. Keeping the shutter wide open, the patterns traced in the dark by the colored lasers were captured on film. The theater was pitch dark and the lights blazed across your retinas so fast they were only visible after the fact (like a visual echo).

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    Sorry for the mistake it is called Light bomber and here is the link LightBomber by MRI Lightpainting

    Painting with light for photography used to mean getting even illumination in a large building or on a large industrial product. The photographer dressed in black, like a Ninja, and took his photo after dark. He locked the shutter open with the camera on a tripod and an aperture opening around f/5.6, depending on the film speed. Then he walked around in the scene with a floodlight or a flash always pointed away from the camera. There was a little guesswork, but the results were usually pretty good, anyway; and, you had a nicely illuminated photo of something very large and difficult to light under any other circumstances.

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    Here's a photo were I used the method you described. Had the shutter opened for 20 seconds and used a flashlight to 'paint' the subject, which, in this case is a tree bench made out of pallets. Stay tuned for this Instructable! ;-)


    I found it for iOS, folks! It's actually called Lightbomber. I don't know if it's available for Android.

    Can you put the download link from the app store here

    Can't find it too.. On my iPhone

    I am an android user, and I would love to make this art. But I can't find the app your talking about for Android. Do you know of any that would work?