Light Graffiti

11 years 9 months ago #4392 by Hamtastic
How are they making this photo? I have tried and my photos don't come out looking like this.

Any sort of help would be appreciated.





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11 years 9 months ago #4404 by The Gardener
I've seen these types of photos before but never figured out how they are doing it specifically either. I just know they are leaving the shutter open for a long time and using different types of lights to create these images.


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11 years 9 months ago #4409 by QuiteTheKiwi
They're probably using a timer accessory and bulb mode, such that once you press the shutter button on your timer, the shutter will open and remain open until you press the button again to close it. Without the timer accessory, and in bulb mode, you would have had to keep holding down the shutter button during the exposure (well, at least my Canon Rebel that is). Try practicing by setting your camera on a tripod at night or in a dark room at your longest exposure time and "drawing" your name. Remember that the camera will see it backwards so unless you want to mirror them in PS or other editing software, you'll need to draw it backwards. Hope this helps :cheer:


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11 years 9 months ago #4411 by The Gardener

QuiteTheKiwi wrote: They're probably using a timer accessory and bulb mode, such that once you press the shutter button on your timer, the shutter will open and remain open until you press the button again to close it. Without the timer accessory, and in bulb mode, you would have had to keep holding down the shutter button during the exposure (well, at least my Canon Rebel that is). Try practicing by setting your camera on a tripod at night or in a dark room at your longest exposure time and "drawing" your name. Remember that the camera will see it backwards so unless you want to mirror them in PS or other editing software, you'll need to draw it backwards. Hope this helps :cheer:


Like a cable release that locks in place?


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11 years 9 months ago #4412 by Hamtastic
I was just watching some video's on You Tube on the topic and really this looks good and fun. But I can't seem to find what lights these people are using?


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11 years 9 months ago #4418 by QuiteTheKiwi
www.amazon.com/Canon-TC80N3-Remote-Contr...id=1287633529&sr=8-4 Here's Canon's

Use a flash light or laser pointer. I have what i guess was supposed to be a child's flash-light lightsabre. Every time you press the button, a different colour is emitted.


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11 years 9 months ago #4430 by Thomas S
Go to kids toy store and buy variety of lights


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11 years 9 months ago #4649 by Foxy Girl
How pretty, I've seen photos like this before. A little beyond what I typically shoot, but I still admire ;)


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11 years 9 months ago #4651 by Solstar
I did something like this once with a small led flash light using bulb mode as others have pointed out. I chose to use a 2nd curtain flash setting (Some cameras will allow you to set this in the custom function menu for the on-board flash if you don't have an external flash) to freeze my subject at the end. I recently did a shoot for a custom 4x4 shop using a similar technique using the light to catch the same person in two places in the same frame. The overall darkness allowed my subject to move to the final position.


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11 years 9 months ago #4654 by Foxy Girl

Solstar wrote: I did something like this once with a small led flash light using bulb mode as others have pointed out. I chose to use a 2nd curtain flash setting (Some cameras will allow you to set this in the custom function menu for the on-board flash if you don't have an external flash) to freeze my subject at the end. I recently did a shoot for a custom 4x4 shop using a similar technique using the light to catch the same person in two places in the same frame. The overall darkness allowed my subject to move to the final position.


That is so cool, I like the lighting and the sparks zipping off! Let's see more of your photos :)


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