Light Painting Rumble


You don't need a canvas and some pastels to paint! As long as you have a camera with a long time exposure function and a light source you are ready to go!

In celebration of our new Diana F+ Glow in the Dark camera we’re getting familiar with her long-exposure capabilities and setting the scene a-glow with one of our favourite analogue techniques – light-painting!

Check out the Diana Glow

What you need:

  • A camera with a long time exposure setting (Diana, Lubitel, LC-A+…)
  • A light source like a torch (or many light sources)
  • A flash
  • Your imagination
  • An assistant or a cable release-like modification – as you can’t hold the shutter open and perform light painting tricks at the same time!


  • Think about the scene you want to create.
  • Set up your camera and the shutter setting to B.
  • Release the shutter and keep holding it open.
  • Use the light source/torch to paint the scene or write a word… the choice is yours. Remember to switch it off!
  • Then use one shot of your flash to delicately light the background of your shot.
  • Take your finger off the release lever to close the shutter.

Note: This is a basic method. With practice you will gain confidence to use more tricks!


  • Any analogue camera allowed
  • “Light-painter Picasso Award” on the homes of the top 3 winners (+ 10 piggies each)
  • 10 picture upload limit

Check out the Diana Glow

Check out the Diana Microsite

written by lucasjakobsson on 2008-12-10 in #competitions #light-painting


  1. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    i also have almost 40 sparklers at home.. time to gather some friends...

  2. day3hugger
    day3hugger ·

    yay! my favorite rumble so far!

  3. day3hugger
    day3hugger ·

    i just submitted 3 , but i don't see them :/

  4. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    these sample shots are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    9 shots with my Holga 135, baby!

  6. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    And one more

  7. neja
    neja ·

    those images above are just amazing!!!!
    who's are they???

  8. graefin
    graefin ·

    ahhhhhhhh were are my sparkler pictures!!?!?!?!

  9. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    i looove these kinds of shots

  10. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    yahooo..just uploaded mine

  11. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    Oh my!! Number 260 is creepy but so great!!

  12. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    And number 23, 37, 41, 75, 133, 146, 188...aaahh, I don't know which one's the best! To the jury: Have fun choosing the winner! Sooo difficult...

  13. rolyc
    rolyc ·

    if you like my shot with nubah 188, you can give me your vote on jpgmag :D just follow the link:

  14. yoscolmi
    yoscolmi ·

    #237 and #192 are my favoutites! interesting rumble!

  15. brandonmichael
    brandonmichael ·

    #478 is the city of painted lights!

  16. xxxceli
    xxxceli ·

    Love #462! Great rumble ;)

  17. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    sorry I didn't mean to submit 11 shots, but it was only showing 9 submitted so I added one more and then saw 11. disregard one of them please so that I can still compete =).

  18. begoniac
    begoniac ·

    #375 eyecon pure pop!!! Fantastic shot!

  19. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    @begoniac - thanks a lot! I was also superhappy when I saw it the first time :)

  20. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    Almost late :) Get some of the fresh Shanghai atmosphere :)

  21. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    I like eyecon and daredeye submissions. This is a really good rumble, can we do it again sometime?

  22. swissmiss
    swissmiss ·

    I dont understand how to do this from the instrutions above, like the fish with bubbles coming out , how on earth do you do stuff like that? How come you can not see whoever painted the bubbles but you can see the fish. I am so confused!

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