Lighter Photography





Introduction: Lighter Photography

You can make artistic photos with your digital camera, a lighter, and a tripod.

Step 1: The Tools

You only need three things.
1. A digital camera.
2. A tripod.
3. A lighter

A subject for your photo i.e. me.

I bought my tripod at Best buy for $30. It is very nice.

Step 2: Set Up You Camera.

On your digital camera find the option for exposure. On my Sony it is under menu. Make sure the exposure is +2 for over exposure. this over-exposes the camera so it is senitive to light.
My ISO setting was 100 but 400 is the most senitive to light.

Step 3: Set Up the Area.

Set up the tripod and turn off the lights in the room. Make sure no excess light from windows etc. do not bleed through a photo. Use the bathroom if you must.

This is the area where I shot the photos, oviously it has to be dark.

Step 4: Take the Photos.

You can use the timer option but I did not. I just pushed the shutter button and turned on the lighter. Anyway when you hear the shutter about to go off with a timer or when you pushed the button on the camera, immmediately turn on you lighter and keep it lit.
It will take some time to get the timing just right but in the end the photos are sweet (do people still say sweet?)

Experiment with shutter speeds if your camera has them and ISO settings.
Move the flame around to get some cool shots.
Have fun!



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    I just use the camera in bulb mode with a remote shutter release. As soon as I press and hold the button, I flick the lighter. Then, as soon as flame comes out, release the shutter button. You'll get nice spark effects.

    These flames are almost as cool as those you can make with Apophysis... except one is digital... and makes a better background... but is impossible to use for a first time user... You can't have everything. -PKT

    Also, It's very smart to light up your zippo in a room full of what looks like important papers... LOL! Just kiddin', the photos look great. -PKT

    yes. people still say sweet. and i must say-so was this instructable




    I have done it before :D It is my name