Ever wonder how to write a word or draw with light for a photograph? I got my family together and did this for the back of my Christmas card and it was a lot of fun for all 4 of us. I thought it might be fun to give some tips on how to do it.
- Youll need a camera that allows you to manually adjust the shutter speed.
- A tripod because keeping the shutter open will create a shaky, blurry effect unless it’s kept still.
- Sparklers are great for writing but since these are harder to find I opted for something safer for the kids, like glow sticks.
- You will want to set up the camera so that you have enough space to capture the whole scene or word.
- It’s important to remember that you have to write the letters backwards so the photo reads correctly. For example I gave the kids the “0” and the “1” so they wouldn’t struggle with that concept. Tom and I traced the “2” and the “3” as it’s mirror image.
- This picture was taken with an aperture of f/8 and shutter speed of 3 seconds but if your camera allows you to change your shutter speed you might want to experiment with going with a slower shutter speed. If you are not getting enough light in your picture you can bring your shutter speed down or your ISO higher.
- I was in this shot so I used the timed shutter release on the camera and ran back into position.
The kids had a blast doing this and were so excited about our Christmas Card this year as a result!
Happy New Year!!