My Belair X 6-12 Light Painting Party

2012-12-07 14

Last weekend while we were baking Christmas cookies with friends (it’s very common to do these baking sessions here in Austria!), we had fun doing some light paintings with the Belair X 6-12! Here’s how I shot the photos…

Credits: marlenes

To do the light paintings, I had different flashlights and bike lights (the red one on the pictures) and my brother has this great LED light strip that changes color (he got that from Ikea – if you want one for your own light painting parties, you can check it out here).

We used a Belair X 6-12 City Slicker with the 6×9 frame and a roll of Lomography Color Negative 100 ISO 120 film. To avoid shaky pictures we fixed the Belair X 6-12 camera on a little tripod that we placed on a box placed on the top of a chair (very home-made). It’s better to clear the space a bit to not have to stand just in front of the back wall (this avoids that the flash reflects on the back of the room).

Credits: marlenes

Then we set the Belair X 6-12 camera on Bulb mode (using the little wheel on the side) and set the distance to the photographed model (we were at about 2.5m to 3m distance). Most of the shots were made using the Fritz the Blitz flash (sometimes with color cover). We didn’t fix it to the camera as we wanted to flash whenever was best for us and be able to flash from any angle. For most of the pictures one of us flashed the model from the front/side. (on some shots the models were even holding it and flashing themselves). To get the cool light effects we turned or lifted the LED light strip and drew or wrote things with flashlights.

Credits: marlenes

We used different techniques: Usually the model was in place, we pressed the shutter, then flashed the person and moved the light to paint the desired shape. We did not really pay attention to the exposure time; I would say that most pictures were exposed between 5 and 15 seconds.

My best advice: don’t think too much, just have fun!

written by marlenes on 2012-12-07 #gear #tutorials #tipster #lightpainting #how-to #belair-x-6-12 #marlenes #belair-light-painting

Like what you see? Click here for more inspiring, festive articles on our Happy Holidays page. There you can enter an awesome competition to win a Lomography Hamper, take a fun quiz, and find all the latest daily deals!


  1. dida
    dida ·

    great article :)

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    wooow! great shots!

  3. robotto_dawad
    robotto_dawad ·

    hahahah great!

  4. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    very cool :-)

  5. 134340
    134340 ·

    nice work!!

  6. headlock
    headlock ·

    How do you get the persons in the picture so sharp? I've tried it a few times, but the persons in my picture always end up blurry. I use a Diana F+, could that maybe be the difference?

  7. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    This is my type of party! :D

  8. mhsix
    mhsix ·

    i tried his with christmas lights once and it did not work, so good job!!

  9. mrmaart
    mrmaart ·

    lekker bezig @marlenes !

  10. tracyvmoore
    tracyvmoore ·

    @headlock holding and activating a flash free hand brings the subject into clarity...and it also allows you the freedom to try the flash from different positions and distances. If you try light painting without a will get light streaks...but no clear subject. Hope that helps.

  11. alexandradanielle
    alexandradanielle ·

    @marlenes These are sick. The only thing I don't understand is how you got the lights to be circles?

  12. marlenes
    marlenes ·

    @alexandradanielle We turned the LED light strip behind the person.
    Setting the camera on bulb mode, we pressed the shutter, then released the flash manually, and finally turned the lights behind the person (he had to say in the same position during this).

    @headlock sorry for the late answer, we used a tripod and a strong flash, this is essential to get the pictures sharp when using the bulb mode (and we set the focus to the right distance)

  13. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·

    Such a good read!

  14. apollonia
    apollonia ·

    really nice :) will try soon! :)

More Interesting Articles