Photo Tutorial: A Basic Introduction to Light Painting

Light painting is one of the most exciting and fun things that you can do with a camera. In this tutorial you’ll find helpful tips to get you started with your own light paintings.

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25 Comments

  1. normjphotography
    April 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    @xfuckinghoreur – the dial was set to manual or “M”

  2. Abimanyu Rizqi
    April 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    very Nice tutorial 😀

  3. normjphotography
    April 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    @HowsTheHonda – Oh cool. Try it and let me know how it works out.

  4. gheligrace19
    April 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    can i use just a digital camera? 🙂

  5. HowsTheHonda
    April 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    i was able to find the set speed for it i haven’t tried it but it does work
    thanks for the info though

  6. normjphotography
    April 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    @gheligrace19 – It just depends on which digital camera you’re using…. By
    “digital camera” do you mean a point-and-shoot?

  7. xingxane
    April 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    so u need smbody to do the camera while u do the lights..?

  8. normjphotography
    April 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    @reesescup09 – I used a Nikon D5000.

  9. normjphotography
    April 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    @feeish @djseanb Thanks A lot! Just getting started with the vids…hope to
    do many more.

  10. midnightdawn95
    April 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    @normjphotography Well, I have a Sony Cyber shot. 10 megapixels… But I
    dont think it will work? Since you need to have a certain shutter speed.
    And I cant alter the shutter speed on this camera :/

  11. xfuckinghoreur
    April 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    What letter was your dial on?

  12. jkharese08
    April 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    when do you start to click the camera? before you write or after? does it
    have to be continuous? i have a Nikon D3100 thanks!

  13. normjphotography
    April 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    @joshuawnr On an SLR camera you can either keep the shutter open in bulb
    mode by using a remote release cable or by keeping the shutter depressed
    (on some SLR models)

  14. reesescup09
    April 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    what camera did you use?

  15. FireLily AMG
    April 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    @xingxane no you can do it alone. which is why you need a camera that lets
    you adjust the shutter. the longer the shutter speed, the longer it takes
    to take the shot. so just set the self timer, click, run into position, and
    have a ball. 🙂

  16. Yuseki Ota
    April 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    who do you keep the shutter open when you do it in a bulb mode?

  17. Angela Peters
    April 16, 2015 at 12:17 am #

    im trying to use a canon t4i and its very frustrating

  18. HowsTheHonda
    April 16, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    Amazing. am i able to do this with a Nikon L110?

  19. normjphotography
    April 16, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    @Theonegamefreak I can’t remember which site I found the countdown at…but
    I just googled “movie countdown” and “video countdown”. Of course the sound
    effects, like the reel spinning I added later.

  20. normjphotography
    April 16, 2015 at 1:56 am #

    @midnightdawn95 That depends on what you mean by normal…. 🙂 If you have
    a the ability to shoot in Full Manual Mode you will be able to do this on
    any camera out there.

  21. darkass29
    April 16, 2015 at 2:26 am #

    5/5 for the ending

  22. normjphotography
    April 16, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    @iSypha It depends on which point and shoot you have. For this to work well
    you have to have the ability to manually control all of the cameras
    functions. Most point and shoots do not allow for this level of control.
    However, there are a few out there that do….(so basically check the
    manual, lol) Thanks for watching.

  23. reannalouise1
    April 16, 2015 at 3:13 am #

    i cant do it :-/ please explain in more detail 🙂

  24. Abimanyu Rizqi
    April 16, 2015 at 3:48 am #

    Nice tutorial 😀

  25. normjphotography
    April 16, 2015 at 4:28 am #

    @HowsTheHonda – I don’t believe that the Nikon L110 has the ability to
    manually set the shutter speed, aperture, etc….but don’t quote me on that
    😉 If the L110 does not have the ability to set primary functions manually
    then no you won’t really be able to light paint as depicted in the video.