It's pretty easy, but here is a warning: you might have to open the user manual that came with your camera.. I hate user manuals. I'd rather spend hours trying to figure things out without using the user manual than open that dreadful pamphlet. I guess it's sort of like men and asking for directions. Anyway, if you give this a shot (no pun intended) let me know how it worked out!
*Note: I used a digital SLR in my project, but most point-and-shoot cameras will do just fine
**Another Note: I painted "Peace" behind a map. I hung a wall map from my ceiling, stood behind the map and painted- that way you can see some of the map details where the flashlight hit.
- camera (point-and-shoot or SLR)
- tripod / sturdy surface
- some space in a dark room / outsid
- This is where you may need to consult that manual- See below*: Put your camera on the manual setting and chose 13 seconds (13") and F5.6. (A good place to start.)
- Set up your camera so that it's pointing at some empty space (where you have room to stand and move around- plan to be 6-10 ft from the camera.) If you have a tripod, great. If not, use a tabletop, but be careful!
- Set the self-timer and focus your camera on any object that is near where you will stand. (Definitely use your self-timer so you have time to walk over to your spot while the timer counts down to the shot.)
- Turn the flashlight on, turn off the lights, snap the shot, and position yourself in the space you chose.
- When your camera starts taking the picture start drawing. Draw slowly and point the flashlight straight ahead towards the camera.
Some other light paintings to caputre:
Stars! Airplanes flying. Cars passing by. Amusement Park Rides. Anything that lights up! yay!