How to Write with Light - Making it Legible!

2013-03-07 4

If, as a kid, you were told off because of your bad handwriting and, as an adult, this problem got worse… this tipster is for you!

Light-painting is a lot of fun and the results are usually awesome, as long as we know how to do it.

For me it’s not hard to paint abstract drawings:

Or silhouettes:

Cheers to @elenagm and @sye, my models for this session

But when I want to make a specific drawing or write words, I normally get these things:

Here I tried to write “Rocío”, a heart, a smiley, and “je t’aime”

So thinking and thinking, I designed this tipster to print words and drawings on a pic so that they would be noticeable.

We’ll need:

  • a cardboard box; I used a shoe box and another one a bit bigger, but I don’t recommend using very big boxes
  • a lamp, or, at least, a cable for lamps with a switch and a base (one moment of silence for my lamp, that died in the making of this tipster, leaving me with its cable in bequest) and its corresponding bulb
  • scissors
  • dark sheets of paper for writing (black cardboard would be OK too) and light sheets of paper for the background

What we’ll do:

  • draw in the dark sheet the word of design that we want and cut it out
  • put the lamp cable inside the box, leaving it open
  • put a light colored sheet on the box and then the dark sheet with the design
  • close the blinds, turn off the lights… et voilà!

I took the instant pics with the LC-A+ set in 100 ISO and the doubles with postcards with the La Sardina in bulb mode and a exposure time of one second. As you see, I even dared to make a fake bokeh putting the camera closer and further and defocusing.

So, what are you waiting for?

written by mochilis on 2013-03-07 #gear #tutorials #tipster #letters #doubles #light-paint #light-write
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  1. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    cool tipster. :')

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·


  3. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Great idea. I have tried something like this with a mask - but it was very difficult to cut the letters out nicely on a tiny piece of electrical tape. This is way better. Thank you for sharing :)

  4. bluemie5
    bluemie5 ·


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