Light painting tutorial – Camera settings for creative photos – Kingston indieHACK Ep. 4

Light painting tutorial – Camera settings for creative photos – Kingston indieHACK Ep. 4


(Laughter) This is really hard. Hi I’m Khail Anonymous and welcome again to Kingston’s Indie Hack. On today’s episode of IndieHack we’ll be teaching you how to do light painting. Look mom, a Jedi! So what is light painting? It’s essentially a photographic technique in which you take a very long exposure photo with a moving light source or sources and it creates this cool laser effect. It’s fun, it’s creative,
and it’s actually pretty easy to set up. To get started you’ll need three things: a camera, so your DSLR or even your smartphone, a mount to keep those shots steady, so a tripod or those binder clips we showed you in episode 1, and lastly a light source that you can easily move around. So a flashlight, any of these cool things. Or the light from your smartphone. And don’t forget to load up your camera with some reliable memory, we’re gonna be using this
guy today, Kingston’s SDXC class 10 card. It’s great for photos and HD video. Next you’re gonna want to make
some changes to your camera settings. Make sure your camera’s on manual mode and set your exposure time between 10 and 30 seconds. Next set your ISO to 100 and
your F-stop between F8 and F22. Make sure to manually focus
your camera before you start shooting, then turn off all your lights and you’re ready to go. Now take a picture and during your cameras long exposure write a word or draw symbol or just any crazy
thing that comes to your mind. Have fun, and mess around
with the settings so you can really
perfected your light painting. Now that you’ve perfected
the basics of light painting it’s time to try out
some of these tricks. This first hack we call the string lights stick. Simply get some string
lights and then something to attach it to, whether it be a rod or a ruler, and then grab some tape, attach your string
lights to the rod or ruler and make sure to evenly space them out, make sure they’re facing the same direction, set up your camera and start taking photos. It’s gonna make these really
cool streak patterns for you. Next up is the light Orb. Grab your string lights
and tape them together in a bunch. Then find a center point on the floor by
putting down a quarter or something. Then put your hand over that point and stay in that point
as you rotate around swinging your string lights. It should create a
pretty cool Orb effect. This next trick is called
portrait light painting. This will allow you to add
a subject to your light painting so you can come up
with some pretty cool shots. With the same setup as
a basic light painting only you’ll need a
second light source and a friend to help you out. Pick a subject. It could be an inanimate object,
it could be your friend and focus on your subject
before you turn out the lights. What you should get is an image with a subject surrounded by really cool light streaks. Now that you’ve learned
all these tricks, try and combine them and make some really cool light
painting photos. So that’s our episode on light painting. It’s a fun and easy hack
you can do with your friends and it’ll make some really
awesome photos. So get out there and try it out. Oh and don’t forget to
subscribe to the Kingston channel for more IndieHack episodes. We’ll see you guys next time.

60 thoughts on “Light painting tutorial – Camera settings for creative photos – Kingston indieHACK Ep. 4

  1. Nice video – I tried some light painting a few weeks ago with a friend. I only have a small Sony RX100 so not exactly a professional DSLR but oh well. I had my friend in a dark room and he was using different light sources (a lighter for example) to paint around him, however in the image, he would be visible and you could see his arm movements/body movements so the photo didn't look so great. Any suggestions?

  2. Pourras-tu faire un test global de cette caméra, je suis curieux de voir la qualité de vidéo et photo ainsi que les modes comparer à la gopro, je n'en trouve pas sur YouTube ! Merci

  3. What light stick/sabers did you use? I've been looking for some and haven't been able to find any good ones as of yet. Thanks

  4. i love these , really very helpful please give so more tips about light painting ! hope for positive reply ; 😅

  5. Hi thanks for the vid. Today I've seen similar methods but on the final results the chap manipulating the light isn't seen. Now I know he manipulated the light source and the background can be seen but how does he keep himself out of the final image? I'm thinking as it's long exposure he's never in the frame long enough for the camera to pick him up?

  6. Whenever I do light paint, my camera can't focus anymore. I have to turn off the camera and then turn it back on. Only then, it will focus. Is this supposed to happen?

  7. Ive watched at least 7 videos and all of them have been very helpful just when i go tot take the picture it only take one picture it doesn't take the picture for 30 seconds or 5 or whatever setting i have it on ive tried evrything.

  8. Can u tell me again how you get the person clear with the camera setting being on 40 seconds? First light on and then off?

  9. Is manual focus before the shoot the only way to go? I'm doing this by myself so what i've been doing was to set my camera on 2 second delay after hitting the shutter button so I can run into place and start painting. The issue I'm running into is that my camera COULD NOT focus on anything because it was too dark and therefore I could not hit the shutter button to get the whole process going.

  10. Hi . Question- I want to paint around couple on wedding day , plus I want to use flash to frozen them .so – should I paint around them first and use flash after ( by putting second curtain mode on flash ) or should I flash them and then paint around ( first curtain more on flash ) . All this will do on long exposure ( in one go ) . Thanks need answers asap . Love you all who can help !

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