Light painting is a neat way to create unique photographs. No editing is needed, just some crafty kids with the right tools. Before class, Aly and I adjusted the camera setting so the shutter would stay open for 15 seconds. Normally, the shutter opens and closes quickly, but with the adjusted setting, artists had enough time to draw a picture or create an effect. All we needed was a camera with manual settings, flashlights, and a dark room.

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Spencer and Tanner Part 1

Spencer and Tanner Part 2

Elizabeth and Prasanth Part 1

Elizabeth and Prasanth Part 2

Diego and Philip

Tej and Alex

Remember, this takes practice. The first few times may be challenging, but after a while, you realize how much you can get done in just 15 seconds. Try it out at home and send us copies of your light paintings!