LED Light Writting




Introduction: LED Light Writting

Light Writing; also know as Light Painting, is a technique that can be used in both traditional and digital photography.

Step 1: Ingredients

1.SLR camera (digital or traditional) or any camera that alows you to choose your shutter speed
2.LED light, any one will do

Step 2: Choose Your Location

Now that you have your Camera, LED light and Tripod you need to choose you location. Any setting will do, just make sure it is dark and the sun is shinning.

Step 3:

Now take your SLR camera and turn it to TV, Time Value, Or shutter speed priority. Next you will need to change your shutter speed to a number ranging from 4" to 30".For myself I set my camera to 20" or 30", depending on the lighting conditions. Then place the camera on your tripod. Now you are ready to take a picture.

Step 4: Taking the Picture.

Now look through your viewfinder and take a mental note of what is in the frame. Take the picture and run into the fram and draw away. Remember that if you are facing the camera you drawings will come out backwards so you too will need to draw backwards. Another tip will Be to have some one else take the picture and you draw. You can also use multiple LED lights and colors. Remember to have fun and be creative. Here are some examples done on a 35mm SLR camera.



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    Short and simple! Thanks! My wife and I have tried this, too. It works great. And colored LEDs let you draw some really neat stuff.

    so hard to write that fast!

    that looks awesome! I wish I had an SLR camera :(.
    thanks for the tuto.

     no if its early enough at night or vice versa at morning long exposure will make the sky look blue

     it was early and I had to mess with exposure settings to get a good line. So it made things alot lighter. 

     I tried using a lighter and making the easiest shape i could think of!


    Haha am I the only one that noticed this: " Any setting will do, just make sure it is dark and the sun is shinning." I'm guessing that was supposed to be a joke?

    If you have a separate flash attachment, just draw in the dark, then set off one flash. That way you won't get the ghosting of the writer if you don't want it.

    another thing to mention is : if you use a fancy pants DSLR camera, set the aperture to a higher value if taking a longer exposure so that it doesn't let in too much light and overexposes the picture.

    I love doing that, but I did it with a regular camera and just set a delay, and used a led flashlight.

    It helps to do this with a digital camera while on 'night mode', the exposure is longer that way. this is a fun thing to do.