Light Painting?

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  1. newb

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    So, I really like the light painting photos I've seen, and decided to try it myself. I used a small flash light and a plain white sheet for my first attempt, which was just a quick test. My biggest problem was with my light source. The edges of the light lines didn't come out sharp at all. So, my question is, what are some light sources that will yield good results, with sharp edges on the lines?
     
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    Get some LED lights in different colors. Set the camera on manual focus and focus in the area that you will be when you start painting. Good luck
    tj
     
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    Sweet, thanks for the tip. Any suggestions on a source for LED's?
     
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    I have found that your aperture plays a big part as well. If its too light you can add a lot to it in your PP. Saturation and Contrast go a long way here.
     
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    Try modifying your flashlight. For example, make a snoot out of paper or something. That might give you a 'tighter' light that isn't so fuzzy at the edges.
     
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    I've heard that LED Keychain lights work.
     
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    I just bought my son a couple of small Star Wars style light sabres, which run off of three A-76 batteries, and have a series of small LED's inside--I did a few quick snaps, and they work great. They have seven different light patterns--solid glowing, and various types of flashing. And as he says, "plus OFF--so they have EIGHT settings!" I bought them for $2.98 each, a blue and an orange. Both show up great,and make a good exposure at ISO 400 at f/6.7.
     
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    FYI if you're looking for something super cheap to get started I picked up 2 led keychain lights at Walgreens today for 99 cents each (green and blue - there was also a red one but the battery was dead from being left on in the store) . I'll try them out tonight and let you know how they worked out.
     
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    I was thinking about getting the same thing. If you get anything good will you post up some pics too?
     
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    My cousin emailed me with this picture and I don't know how they do it. By that i mean, how do they get the light writing but have focused subjects.
    would there be a person actually light drawing and the subjects stay put?

    [​IMG]
     
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    nah marcelaga, that photo is clearly photoshoped
     

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