Writing with light is one of my favorite (outdoor)evening activities. While many artists are pushing the boundaries of night writing, Picasso’s Light Painting series for Life Magazine makes it all look so simple. And really, it is.
You will need:
Tripod or flat surface
– (D)SLR camera or a point-and-shoot with “Starry Sky” setting
– Light Source (flashlight etc…)
– Dark Environment
Identify a nifty backdrop, grab your light source, and set your camera to as long an exposure as you like. Results will vary depending on exposure length.
Leica D-LUX 3, automatic focus, Continual shooting (3 exposures, 15-seconds)
Location: Bedford Wyoming
Light source: Sparklers
Canon EOS Rebel T2i, manual focus 25-seconds exposure/self timer
Location: Calico Ghost Town, CA
Light source: $1 Glow bracelets from Michael’s Craft Store
Writers: 9 (ages 8+)
Leica D-LUX 3, automatic focus, 15-seconds exposure
Location: Jalama Beach, CA
Light source: Flashlight
If you are feeling ambitious you might also try recording video of your light writing like this game of Tetris done with skateboards and glow-stick head pieces.