Laser Wall Art

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Intro: Laser Wall Art


With a laser and long exposures photography, you can create some works of art on your walls.

A list of items needed.

A tripod for the digital camera.

A digital camera with manual shutter settings that allow BULB or at least 3-5 seconds.
Most cameras have this ability.

A good quality laser like my Wicked laser Classic.
(please note, lasers can be harmful to your vision)
please wear the proper safety glasses when working with any lasers.
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Step 1: Setting Up Camera.

Place digital camera on tripod and position far enough from wall to allow for a wide angle view of the wall you wish to write on.



Now would be a good time to learn where the bulb setting, or manual setting is for your camera.
Most cameras have the setting for manual, look on your selector wheel on the camera for the RED M or red picture of a camera with a hollow circle in the middle.
Those are the 2 basic icons for the manual setting.

Using the shutter speed, set it until you either see BULB light up on the screen, or use a setting like 3,4 or 5 seconds.

Bulb will allow you to shoot as long as the button is pressed, but this poses a problem, because you can't hold the button down while you are trying to write with the laser.
Unless you have a wireless shutter transmitter.
For sake of ease, just find a shutter setting of a few seconds.

Second step is to set the camera to a low enough ISO rating so that the room won't be overexposed during the long exposure.
It helps to have a room that has a dimmer light so you can infinately adjust the rooms ambiant light, but this is not necessary.

Start with an ISO of 100.
If you can also set the digital F/stop, set it to F6.7 or F8
Or anything in that range.
The other settings faster settings like F3 or F3.6 and so forth will just make the image to bright.

Now set your timer, so you can have a few seconds to compose yourself before drawing.

Step 2: Practice Drawing

You can also practice what you want to draw ahead of time.
When writing words, you have to turn on the laser and back off again in between letters, because remember, the camera is picking up the streak of green, and will see everything you do.
In my pictures you can see there are a few different things going on.

Snap the picture and start drawing.
Try to keep an eye on the camera while taking the shot, you can usually see the screen go dark during the exposure, then become visible again when the exposure is complete.

Try a few.

Step 3: I Took 3 Different Images, Due to Shorter Exposures

You can be as elaborate as you want by taking many exposures and stacking them into one final image with special software.
I am using a trial version of Photomatix Pro, but most programs like Photoshop have the ability to align and stack mulitple images.

This is a whole new learning curve, but if you can manage one single exposure, your off to a good start.

Step 4: The Final Product

Here you can see the final image.

I have found that green lasers work the best, I have tried a Red laser, but the image does not appear on the picture.
Perhaps a higher powered Red laser like the ones from Wicked Lasers would work.
Any of the green lasers will be sufficient.

Posted by Laser Community member:Solaryellow

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    joemonkey

    7 years ago on Introduction

    please dont order lasers from wicked lasers. they use crafty marketing techniques and are not a very good brand.

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    Solaryellowjoemonkey

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Personally i think they are just overpriced
    But i have 3 other places for the same thing with less cost.

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    Turtlepee

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I love doing this, but I haven't tried it with a laser yet. I've thought about it. I've found that using one of those keychain LED lights works great. It shows up a bright, light blue. The only problem I have is making the drawings. I can't make anything, because I can't see where I have already drawn.

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    TX3089

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i had to do the same favor u are gonna do to me lol...
    this is alot of fun to do and u can do some great designs with cds or mirrors while the camera is taking the picture = )

    I have a cannon powershot but I can't find the manual exposure time setting. Do you know if it would have it? It has everything else THAT A PROFESSIONAL CAMERA HAS EXCEPT FOR THE LENS (Sorry for the caps)

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    Most Canon's and Powershot's use the same menu options. Try putting your camera on the 'Tv' setting and the use the right and left buttons to increase of decrease the number at the bottom. The max on my PowerShot A70 is 15". These corresponds to a 15 second long open shutter. Which is how long you will have to 'draw' your image. That being said, remember, that the longer the shutter is open the more ambient light will saturate your image. So if you need 15 seconds to do whatever you want to do make sure the room is super dark. Good luck.

    Another cool thing to do is to, instead of using a laser to draw an image, use a light to flash you face onto the 'film' as an image then move to somewhere else in the frame and flash yourself again. You will have two, or more, you's in the same picture. I'll post some examples if I can find the pictures I took.

    here is another cool thing I tried. Take a color changing led fading light and wave it around. It wont see your hand. Look at mine!

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    power

    10 years ago on Introduction

    cool.it's like cooooooool.I didn't know that

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    Solaryellow

    10 years ago on Introduction


    For those who need to find the info about their camera, you can go here.

    Dpreview
    Click your camera model.

    Some of the Sprint commercials are just CGI, but some are taken in manner like this. It is long-exposure drawings that are compiled into one stop-motion animation.

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    kid123

    10 years ago on Introduction

    to do the exposure, i guess you could just tape the button down (duct tape) and that might work. but there is probably some weired thingy which makes what im saying totally useless... it's worth a shot :P