Last night my kids and I did an experiment with photography using simple lights. As you will discover, the only limit is your imagination. Come on, join us and see what you can do right in your very own home!

What you will need:

  • A light source
  • A tripod
  • A camera with full manual controls [manual control of focus, ISO, shutter speed and aperture]
  • A darkened room
  • and a bit of imagination!

What we did:

Multiple exposure

Tripod, Shutter speed set to 1/30 f at widest, room darkened except for the single light source

Light Painting

We set the camera to M mode, set shutter speed to 10-15 seconds, aperture to f/16 to 18, adjusted focus to the plane where we were going to shine the lights, fixed it on a tripod, turned off the lights in the room, and started with our light painting/writing experiment!

And here are the results… J

Figure 1 F 5.3 1/30 sec 78 mm Multiple exposure

Figure 2 F/5.3 1/30 sec 78 mm

Figure 3 f/5.3 1/25 sec 78 mm Multiple exposure

We also tried to write our names using a small lamp. We do mirror writing, ofcourse.

Figure 4 f/18 Exposure 10 seconds, ISO-800 Focal length 18 mm

Figure 5 f/18 Exposure 10 seconds, ISO-800 Focal length 18 mm

Figure 6 f/18 Exposure 13 seconds, ISO-800 Focal length 18 mm

Figure 7 f/18 Exposure 10 seconds, ISO-800 Focal length 18 mm

Figure 8 f/18 Exposure 13 seconds, ISO-800 Focal length 18 mm

Figure 9 f/18 Exposure 13 seconds, ISO-800 Focal length 18 mm

Ofcourse these shots came after a little bit of practice and experimenting with shutter speed and aperture.

Here are some of our bloopers!

This was an attempt by Grace to write her name..

This was me trying to write my name in reverse!

Figure 10 f/18 Exposure 15 seconds, ISO-800 Focal length 18 mm

Do let me know how you found this experiment! Also do write in with your experiments in light painting. Have a great time ahead J

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