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light painting

January 4th | DIY, photography

On New Year’s Eve we spent a {very} little bit of time outside doing some light painting. It was so fun but it was also freeeezing outside and everyone wanted to be inside under a cozy blanket, watching a movie.

To get set up, I used my Nikon SLR, a tripod, and a flashlight. Find a dark room or, like us, an outside spot that’s dark.

I set my camera’s ISO to 200 and turned off the autofocus. The shutter speed was super slow, which gives the subject plenty of time to draw with the flashlight while the camera captures it. To capture the word ‘love’ I covered the flashlight between letters to keep it more crisp.

So fun, right?! Don’t you want to try it??

18 Responses

  1. This is wicked cool. Makes me want a fancy camera even more now.


  2. Mj says:

    That is very cool!

  3. Fun! We did this too, but with sparklers!

  4. valerie says:

    can you give me more specifics on the shutter speed? love this and all of your photos everywhere on this blog are lovely.

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      Of course Valerie! Every camera is different, but for mine I switch my settings to ‘manual’ and then adjust the shutter speed to any of the options. The more time the better because you can write more in the air. :) xo

  5. This is AWESOME!! I can’t wait to try it :)

  6. Chemese says:

    I love this idea. I’m going to get this a try.

  7. stephanie says:

    I’ve always thought this was so cool. Thanks for the tips on how to do this! I need to break out my “big girl” camera and give it a go! : ) Happy New Year to you and your sweet fam!

  8. Annette says:

    Awesome!! I would love to hear more tips on photography. My husband gave me a Nikon camera for my birthday and I just can’t seem to get out of Auto mode. Did you learn on your own, other websites??

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      I’ll definitely keep the photography blog posts coming! I learned from friends, the handbook, and just fiddling around with the settings. The more you take pictures on ‘manual’ settings, the more comfortable you will be to change up the settings. xo

  9. Sarah says:

    Light painting is just too much fun. I love what you captured! <3

  10. Samantha says:

    What a great and fun idea! I cannot wait to try it!

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