I went to a local photography group gathering to play with “light painting”. I’ve been curious how photographers get those photos showing the path of lights, for example, night photos of a ferris wheel with the lights making a path through the air.
I knew it had to do with a slow shutter speed, but how slow, and what about the ISO and aperature settings?
Well, I got a taste of this fun photography trick, which was a treat to learn. The group was led by a couple people I know. They did a great job giving the photographers lighting effects to shoot.
While we waited for it to get dark, we shot photos of the sun setting. The sky was a blazin’!
We also took photos of tracings of an infrared light. It hadn’t quite gotten dark enough yet.
I especially liked the trick of placing steel wool into a whisk, lighting the steel wool on fire and swinging the firey ball around in the air, producing photos like this…
It was fun having someone set up opportunities to play with this effect and to compare what the other photographers were capturing, which varied depending on the settings they were using, their lense, and their zoom level. I had my shutter speed at 10 seconds, ISO 200, and aperature 8. I have finally found all the right buttons to set those things!
If you have a willing partner, give light painting a try sometime. I think you’ll enjoy the photo surprises you’ll see.
This was my favorite photo of the evening so I’ll sign off with it. If you click on the photo and look at the larger image, you should see a beautiful name on the monument.