You will need:
Fairy-lights, torch or finger lights / iPhone or SLR / tripod or a steady hand / a dark room / enthusiasm
How Does it Work?
The long exposure time allows the camera to capture the light’s movement. It is like seeing the action of a video over time in one still photo.
Try it at night – the darker the room the brighter the light will appear
Make your camera extra still – tape your phone to a chair or buy a phone tripod and remote
For more photos to inspire your light painting look at our Light Painting Pinterest board
Questions to Discuss:
What is light? Watch this video for a quick introduction to light and discuss.
Where do different light sources come from? How many can you come up with? e.g. flashlight, flame etc.
What does dark / darkness mean? After discussing read these definitions
absence of light or illumination
absence of moral or spiritual values
having a dark or somber colour d) How does darkness make you feel? Why? e) How does light make you feel? Why?
How does the dark make you feel? Why?
How does light make you feel? Why?
Research long exposure photography
Did you know that the first photos were long exposure photos? People had to sit very still for a long time to have their photo taken.
Make a collage or Pinterest board of your favourite long exposure and light painting photos.
Write your name in light (it is easiest to do this ne letter at a time and then join the photos with an editing app or by printing them and glueing them together)
Print a light photo and make it into a card – write a note to a friend or family member and send them the card.