Tutorial- Drawing with Light

Mary Dougherty

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I thought I’d post on a fun photo project that anyone can do- it isn’t anything new, and I didn’t invent it- but it’s a lot of fun and options are endless.

Here’s what you need:

  • a camera (one that you can control the length of exposure, cause you will need a long one)
  • a light (flashlight, lighter, sparklers, headlamp- that’s what I used)
  • a dark night

Then, just go outside and set your camera on something that is steady. It’s easiest to switch your camera to manual, and then select an exposure that is at least a few seconds. I think that I used 30 seconds on the drawings above- the more time you expose, the more time you have for drawing, so it’s always good to run a few tests and see how you’re doing. So, you or a friend clicks the button to start the exposure- and you go about drawing with your light source. It really is that easy- if anyone tries this post your photos on my facebook page – Mary Dougherty Photography – to share, cause I want to see what you’ve done!

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