Project 23: Light Painting

Wikipedia has an excellent definition:

Light painting, painting with light, light drawing, or light art performance photography are terms that describe photographic techniques of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space, or to shine light at the camera to 'draw', or by moving the camera itself during exposure of light sources. Practiced since the 1880s, the technique is used for both scientific and artistic purposes, as well as in commercial photography.

The steps are fairly simple. 
  1. You need to be in a fairly dark space, like our studio. 
  2. Set up your camera on a tripod.
  3. Set your camera to manual and set the Tv to anything longer than 1/2 of a second. Here's my recommendations:
    • Tv: 4"
    • Av: f/16
    • ISO: 100
  4. Set the automatic timer for 10 seconds.
  5. Pre-focus the camera with a stand-in and move the switch on the lens from AF to MF
  6. Obtain a light source and have it ready.
  7. Press the shutter button and move your light source.
  8. Repeat until you like the photo.
Turn in your best photo and a contact sheet of all your photos from the shoot.