An Insight Into Light Graffiti

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What the Heck is Light Graffiti

Light graffiti, also known as light painting, is a photographic technique which creates dramatic images using long exposures and various light sources as a drawing tool. It is a great way to experiment with your camera and the power of light, as well as to show off your creative skills.

Photo by Eran Hakim

Show Me How

All you really need to get started with light graffiti is an understanding of shutter speeds and preferably a DSLR camera (and lights of course). First of all you will need to find a dark space, ideally a dark room or outside during the evening. Once you have selected your spot, set up your tripod and set the shutter speed to a low setting. Get ready as once you click the shutter you will only have a short period of time to write, draw and graffiti. You can either stand directly facing the camera and aim your light into the lens as you draw, or you can choose to aim the camera towards a surface such as a wall which you will use as your canvas. Now all you have to do is press the shutter and get to work!

If your image doesn’t turn out as planned don’t stress about it, just play around with the shutter settings, location and light source until you achieve the effect you want.

Light selection ideas:

  • Glow sticks
  • LEDs
  • Candles
  • Torches
  • String lights
  • Car lights
  • Street lamps
Photo by Lichktfaktor
The Cheat’s Light Graffiti

Not quite ready to fire up the DSLR? Well fear not, you can still create awesome light graffiti photographs without ever having to leave the house!

Did someone say Photoshop…

However magical it might be to create light graffiti for real (in camera) sometimes good ole’ Photoshop can pretty much get you the same effect, without the effort.

Check out this incredible tutorial from Abuzeedo – Create a Glowing Light Painting Effect

Get Inspired

Need a little inspiration? Take a peek at these awesome light graffiti pics below…

Photo by Julien Breton

Photo by Lichktfactor

Photo by Khaled Almoayed

Photo by Jakob Wagner

Photo by apai biszign

Photo by Mhelanie Banzon Silao

Photo by Matt Knorr

Photo by Mhelanie Banzon Siloa

Have you been experimenting with light graffiti? We’d love to take a look at some of your shots.

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