Introduction: Write or Draw With Light!

Ever wonder how I made my avatar? or even how these guys (pikapika) make their movies?
Here's how!
(If you've got lightsticks, check out askacollegekid's light instructable!)
Materials:
Camera with long exposure capabilities (the longer the better)
Source of light (flashlights work the best)
Pitch black room (if you want a nice black background)

Note: Please excuse my room's messiness!

Subnote: I'd like to thank StepsoftheSun for inspiring me to make this Instructable =)

UPDATE!: Yesterday was the "annual" Science Olympiad paratay!

I brought a camera and some lights and we made some pretty nice pictures (added pics to the intro page)!

Step 1: Set Up

Get your camera a nice place to sit and aim it at a spot about 10-15 ft away where you will easily be able to draw your picture.

Take a regular shutter speed shot in the light to make sure that your spot is in focus (see picture)

Set your camera's shutter speed (you'll have to set your camera for manual mode) - I use 30 seconds most of the time

Either turn on a time delay or set the shutter speed to compensate for the time it takes to walk 10-15 feet away.

Grab your flashlight and shut the lights out.

Step 2: Take the Picture!

Press the capture button, run to wherever your camera is focused on, and turn on your light source.

Draw the picture you want, trying not to shine the light source directly at the camera. This will produce a "twinkle" where you shined it from (see picture).

If you want to stop a line segment and start a new one, you can cover the light source with your hand and move it over to where the new line segment will start. If you have a flashlight, just turn it off, move it over, and turn it back on! <-- Much easier!

When you're done drawing:
If it's a simple picture (a square, circle etc) you can go over it again
If not, don't bother trying to go over it. It will probably get messed up.

DO NOT TURN THE LIGHTS BACK ON UNTIL YOU ARE SURE THE CAMERA HAS FINISHED TAKING THE PICTURE!

Step 3: Admire!

Admire your one of a kind picture!

Feel free to experiment with different techniques etc!

Check out my works! (so far)

Comments

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AbdullahK50 made it!(author)2016-12-29

MY PIC :)

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Antleredguy made it!(author)2009-06-08

I took one of these one night when we had a bonfire... I think it turned out pretty good. I took this with a little kodak digital camera.

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xilefakamot made it!(author)2009-11-08

 Here's mine:

(Bonus points if you can guess my name)

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aaprilggrams made it!(author)2015-10-25

TOM

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jjones95 made it!(author)2012-06-05

felix

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micromarketers made it!(author)2011-12-17

Your name begins with 'T' ends with 'M' and has an 'O' in between

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R.A.T.M made it!(author)2011-06-30

is that photo shop

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Toebak made it!(author)2011-05-27

Here is my scribe.. used a single led and a button cell.

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dragonsniper made it!(author)2011-05-17

felix

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the_ccandy made it!(author)2011-04-11

Rumpelstiltskin?

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tatarik made it!(author)2011-04-10

tony

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howto96 made it!(author)2010-01-15

umm.......is ur name tom

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xilefakamot made it!(author)2010-01-15

 How did you guess?

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ammubhave made it!(author)2011-04-10

howto96: hey, i think you are a psychic.... congrats

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Senior+Waffleman made it!(author)2010-12-26

tom, lol BONUS POINTS!!!!

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Stevie89 made it!(author)2010-07-02

I think it's Apu Nahasapeemapetilon If so your on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apu_Nahasapeemapetilon

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Antleredguy made it!(author)2009-06-08

I forgot to say... I put the "Long Time Exposure" at 4 seconds I think it was and that was the only setting I changed.

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Cool+doge888 made it!(author)2015-05-27

Hey that's cool

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Engr_Faris_Ali made it!(author)2015-04-13

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Engr_Faris_Ali made it!(author)2015-04-13

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Kyw+Yw+Yw made it!(author)2013-06-05

quick question, can you see it when u draw?

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vampire.daphne made it!(author)2013-11-27

No, you only see the movements you make

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c3ralki1l3r made it!(author)2012-10-16

I used a torch for this. The flame died a few seconds after D:

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iahamed made it!(author)2012-06-25

RC : Chopper

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reganbella made it!(author)2012-02-25

Yay! this means I'm a genius......(Even though I can't figure out light drawing........)

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monsterlego made it!(author)2011-09-22

Omg, i love doing this!

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vtotheieira made it!(author)2011-06-30

Some light drawing i have done. The first one is an LED on a string which is spin while i also spin around to achieve a sphere. The second one is the same but with a strobing light which alternates colors. The final picture is of burning steel wool being swung around on a string.

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Pankake made it!(author)2011-06-30

Took these photos a year ago. Small LED light on a string. To get the spiral effect you pull the string, at a constant rate, through one hand to decrease the diameter of the circle.

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yokozuna made it!(author)2008-11-16

Excellent instructable- thought people might get a kick out of this.

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daniel2008 made it!(author)2009-09-15

thats not light drawing thats made in photoshop

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R.A.T.M made it!(author)2011-06-30

yes your right it is

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mg0930mg made it!(author)2009-10-21

Don't put people down, how do you know this is photoshop?
Just because you don't get something does not mean it is photoshop...

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Stevie89 made it!(author)2010-07-02

That comment was photoshopped!

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Tommyhzy made it!(author)2009-03-16

Wow, that's awesome!

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urtlesquirt made it!(author)2011-06-06

i have a great idea. get some el wire and kinda wave it through the air.

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leeroper made it!(author)2011-05-12

Nice write up and good idea, I tried this once but very quickly, gonna give a go again soon. Cheers!

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blakllll made it!(author)2011-04-11

I love light drawing

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leggomylegoeggo made it!(author)2011-04-10

https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Light-Drawing-Pens-Tools-for-drawing-light-do/
this instructable is highly related to yours

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007dna made it!(author)2010-03-20

Is the second to last one a picture of a far-distanced city? Looks that way.

I like your work. Keep it up! :)

007dna 

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Doctor+What made it!(author)2008-01-02

I like your instructable. But your room is a disaster. But you know what they say about people with messy rooms.

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T3h_Muffinator made it!(author)2008-01-03

No.... I don't exactly, what do they say about people with messy rooms?

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Doctor+What made it!(author)2008-01-03

They are supposed geniuses. That means I must be really smart. Just try walking through my room (without shoes).

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imshanedulong made it!(author)2010-03-17

I MUST be a genius! My room is cluttered with gadgets, inventions, and disassembled electronics!!

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bassmonkey made it!(author)2009-04-21

does that make me an imbecile? my room's real clean

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Doctor+What made it!(author)2009-04-22

Quick! Crumble a box of staples on your floor!

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bassmonkey made it!(author)2009-04-22

no, man my bedroom is my sanctuary, after a longday of school, i need a cool place to hang!

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Sora_1_2 made it!(author)2010-03-16

I chill in one of my two "rooms" even though they are both messy.

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weirdo101112 made it!(author)2010-02-09

that means I must be getting stupider! (I'm cleaning my room)

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bloodmarionette made it!(author)2008-01-07

Really? I must be the next einstein. XD

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nanor11395 made it!(author)2008-02-04

me too

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