11.07.08 by Jeff

Project #2 – Instructions!

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!

Submit your own entry!

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

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  • Sam

    Are all these projects going to be photography related?

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    no they won’t, but i’ve found that more people will take a photo than will submit a drawing or film a video, etc. so always planned for the first couple to be photo projects. what kind of project would you be excited about? let me know.

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  • http://www.bravadosports.com CHRISMILTON

    looks awesome! i think this would be an awesome advertising campaign to do. the look is really clean and simple. nice work jeff

  • http://www.myspace.com/creepcrawlflash jacques

    music or video project would be cool. I’m gonna give this a shot tho sounds cool.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    thanks chris! cheers jacques look forward to it!

  • Sam

    I’d enter design and illustration projects, but I’d love to see video and music projects (remix comp?). Don’t get me wrong i do love these photography projects.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    cool man yea as things move along the projects will get more intensive!

  • Mark Stuckert

    This one seems harder so I’m less inclined to do it :)


    :) :) :)

  • Mark Stuckert

    Hey … is that the pier where we shot some of that film you did?

    I think it is … good times. I wonder whatever happened to my one-fucking-thousand-fucking-dollars project …


  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    hahah its the same pier – good eye my friend! i really really need to start doing some film again – i miss it

  • Mark Stuckert

    Yeah me too … I see Matt’s stuff (www.matthewschilling.com) … I mean, I know I won’t be at his level, but still … good times.

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  • http://www.dreamdesigncreation.com Christy

    What did you use to “write” with? I tried a glowstick in the dark, but it didn’t come out real bright :(

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

      a flashlight!

01.12.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: December


Thanks to every single one of you who submitted work to the November Reader Submissions post, it’s really cool to see all the talent in this community!

For those of you who are new, these posts are the best way to submit your work to be considered for a post on Booooooom. Up-voting work you like and leaving the positive comments to each other helps me see what work you like really pumps people up. I encourage you to do both! These posts get a lot of traffic so even if your work is not a fit for Booooooom it still gets seen by many (and definitely sends traffic to your own websites).

Please share your work here this month by leaving a comment below. The commenting system allows images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.


Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.




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Photographer Spotlight: Caiti Borruso


A selection of photos from “Whale Creek is Flooding” a series by photographer Caiti Borruso, found via our November Reader Submissions. More images below.

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Hilarious Hack of the Day: The Secret Selfie Stick aka Really Long Arm


For anyone who finds selfie sticks too embarrassing to use in public, a guy named Mansun has come up with a solution. Made with two right hands ordered off Amazon (naturally), two original selfie sticks, and a shirt with extremely long sleeves, Mansun’s hack certainly addresses one problem. (Of course, he may have just created another).

Click here for a more detailed account of his process. More hilarious images below, love the shot of the shirt sleeves!

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Strangely Satisfying Video of the Day: “ENDLESS”


Directed/animated by Buenos Aires-based creatives at molistudio with music by Argentinian duo Anybody There. “ENDLESS is a story about seeking and (not) finding,” featuring brightly coloured and beautifully mechanized routines. Watch below!

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Artist Spotlight: Victoria Siemer


I like this simple series of illuminated text by Brooklyn-based Victoria Siemer. More images below.

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