Here we go again! Booooooom! Project #2! Draw with Light! There is a submission form at the end of this post. I will gather up submissions and create a gallery of your submitted work. Be sure to include your name, email, and website so other visitors can see who made what!
For this project you’ll need a flashlight or some other portable light source (cellphones work!) and a camera that has a manual shutter (the shutter needs to be able to open for at least a few seconds). Any SLR would be perfect and many point-&-shoot cameras have this ability.
Put the camera on a tripod or find a table or something you can sit the camera on. If you have a fully manual camera set your shutter to the “Bulb” setting (this way you can hold the shutter open as long as your finger is on the button) or set it to stay open as long as possible. If your camera has flash settings set the flash to “rear” so it will flash at the end of the exposure rather than the beginning and this way you can pose in the photo after you’ve drawn something! Otherwise, go without a flash and only your light drawing will show up in the photo.
Experiment with f-stops – I think I was around F4 for a 30 second exposure. Have a friend hit the button (and hold it down if you’re on “bulb”) and draw with your flashlight. It’s really just trial and error – you’ll learn things quickly like if you write words you gotta write them out backwards (you’ll see). Feel free to email me if you’re having problems and I’ll try to give you some tips. Have fun!
Remember, you can always access the latest project by clicking on it in the sidebar, and keep your eyes open for the gallery to pop up (once we recieved some submissions)!
The point of these projects is to build up a community of people who are inspired to go out and do creative things, as well as provide an outlet for those people to show the world what they have created! Of course there will always be daily bits of creative news posted on the site, but hopefully these little interactive projects become a source of real inspiration for you! I look forward to your submissions!