Light painting tutorial – Camera settings for creative photos – Kingston indieHACK Ep. 4

Light painting tutorial – Camera settings for creative photos – Kingston indieHACK Ep. 4

(Laughter) This is really hard. Hi I’m Khail Anonymous and welcome again to Kingston’s Indie Hack. On today’s episode of IndieHack we’ll be teaching you how to do light painting. Look mom, a Jedi! So what is light painting? It’s essentially a photographic technique in which you take a very long exposure photo with a moving light source or sources and it creates this cool laser effect. It’s fun, it’s creative,
and it’s actually pretty easy to set up. To get started you’ll need three things: a camera, so your DSLR or even your smartphone, a mount to keep those shots steady, so a tripod or those binder clips we showed you in episode 1, and lastly a light source that you can easily move around. So a flashlight, any of these cool things. Or the light from your smartphone. And don’t forget to load up your camera with some reliable memory, we’re gonna be using this
guy today, Kingston’s SDXC class 10 card. It’s great for photos and HD video. Next you’re gonna want to make
some changes to your camera settings. Make sure your camera’s on manual mode and set your exposure time between 10 and 30 seconds. Next set your ISO to 100 and
your F-stop between F8 and F22. Make sure to manually focus
your camera before you start shooting, then turn off all your lights and you’re ready to go. Now take a picture and during your cameras long exposure write a word or draw symbol or just any crazy
thing that comes to your mind. Have fun, and mess around
with the settings so you can really
perfected your light painting. Now that you’ve perfected
the basics of light painting it’s time to try out
some of these tricks. This first hack we call the string lights stick. Simply get some string
lights and then something to attach it to, whether it be a rod or a ruler, and then grab some tape, attach your string
lights to the rod or ruler and make sure to evenly space them out, make sure they’re facing the same direction, set up your camera and start taking photos. It’s gonna make these really
cool streak patterns for you. Next up is the light Orb. Grab your string lights
and tape them together in a bunch. Then find a center point on the floor by
putting down a quarter or something. Then put your hand over that point and stay in that point
as you rotate around swinging your string lights. It should create a
pretty cool Orb effect. This next trick is called
portrait light painting. This will allow you to add
a subject to your light painting so you can come up
with some pretty cool shots. With the same setup as
a basic light painting only you’ll need a
second light source and a friend to help you out. Pick a subject. It could be an inanimate object,
it could be your friend and focus on your subject
before you turn out the lights. What you should get is an image with a subject surrounded by really cool light streaks. Now that you’ve learned
all these tricks, try and combine them and make some really cool light
painting photos. So that’s our episode on light painting. It’s a fun and easy hack
you can do with your friends and it’ll make some really
awesome photos. So get out there and try it out. Oh and don’t forget to
subscribe to the Kingston channel for more IndieHack episodes. We’ll see you guys next time.

Dereck Turner

60 thoughts on “Light painting tutorial – Camera settings for creative photos – Kingston indieHACK Ep. 4

  1. Arlekin Vergeltungswaffe says:

    This looks really cool!!!

  2. Name Here says:

    that was a fun video, upbeat host

  3. Jontuzz says:

    Is the GoPro Hero 3+ Silver edition good camera for light painting? If it is what settings should I use?

  4. Christian Tenesaca says:

    one of the few YouTube ads that made me sub, congrats! and great job khail!

  5. shaгкк says:

    I want to light paint so bad right now…

  6. FEARTUTZ™ says:

    looks like a onion

  7. Kiri khai says:

    You are awesome will you be my friend 😶

  8. B Bear says:

    very good tutorial keep up the good work!

  9. ClF3 says:

    Can i use the Bulb Function too?

  10. Niek Wubben says:

    How can you put your iPhone in the right settings

  11. Yemsky says:

    Awesome. Looking forward to trying this with the kids, just in time for those long dark winter evenings.

  12. sangu tv says:

    fuck off

  13. sangu tv says:

    look good but fucking tutorial

  14. Karina E. says:

    what camera did you use in this video?

  15. jj O'Neill says:

    what dslr did you use? and can this be achived on a gopro?

  16. HArsh Shah says:

    How do you click these photos with an iPhone

  17. Shantella Y. Williams, Houston REALTOR says:

    Thank you for a quick and to-the-point video! I can't wait to experiment.

  18. oli3659 says:

    Nice video – I tried some light painting a few weeks ago with a friend. I only have a small Sony RX100 so not exactly a professional DSLR but oh well. I had my friend in a dark room and he was using different light sources (a lighter for example) to paint around him, however in the image, he would be visible and you could see his arm movements/body movements so the photo didn't look so great. Any suggestions?

  19. Jane Lee says:

    Can we do the same thing with iPhone too?

  20. Suman Pan says:

    very nice

  21. Whiskurr says:

    Instructions not clear… I accidentally bought a cat…

  22. GroundHawk says:

    This gave me a lot of new ideas! Thanks Kingston!

  23. John Dizon says:

    OMG I haven't seen Khail since the old Machinima days lol

  24. Bobby Nations says:

    Can you make a vid showing how to do it on your phone?

  25. Cubi Prod says:

    Pourras-tu faire un test global de cette caméra, je suis curieux de voir la qualité de vidéo et photo ainsi que les modes comparer à la gopro, je n'en trouve pas sur YouTube ! Merci

  26. agxnt.umbrella says:

    Wasn't really clear on how to do this with iphone…Can anyone help?

  27. G M says:

    What light stick/sabers did you use? I've been looking for some and haven't been able to find any good ones as of yet. Thanks

  28. Harshil Shah says:

    i love these , really very helpful please give so more tips about light painting ! hope for positive reply ; 😅

  29. SoundSutra Media says:

    great subbed!

  30. Dustin Ehmen says:


  31. RYKER says:

    Weren't you from machinima

  32. Jessica says:

    Always cool and interesting content!

  33. Vavaro says:


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  36. Jared Hammonds says:

    2:55 Kamehamehawesome!

  37. Mark Phillis says:

    Hi thanks for the vid. Today I've seen similar methods but on the final results the chap manipulating the light isn't seen. Now I know he manipulated the light source and the background can be seen but how does he keep himself out of the final image? I'm thinking as it's long exposure he's never in the frame long enough for the camera to pick him up?

  38. Sebastian Zevallos says:


  39. Max P says:

    can you do it with a phone?

  40. Saranya Dalal says:

    can I do light painting with my canon powershot Sx60hs

  41. ROHIT SHARMA says:

    can you it with android

  42. gaurav khapekar says:

    Nice tricks. Tried some of them with Mobile flash. Thanks for tips

  43. katera brown says:

    The lowest my camera goes is 200 i have a Nikon d300

  44. DerpyOrange Gamer says:

    Whenever I do light paint, my camera can't focus anymore. I have to turn off the camera and then turn it back on. Only then, it will focus. Is this supposed to happen?

  45. bhawna Kashi says:

    Lots of magical tricks

  46. aubrie wasson says:

    Ive watched at least 7 videos and all of them have been very helpful just when i go tot take the picture it only take one picture it doesn't take the picture for 30 seconds or 5 or whatever setting i have it on ive tried evrything.

  47. VESTIGE Brings You says:

    Hey plzz tell how to add subject in light painting with phone plzzz

  48. Anetta Cukanova says:

    How can I avoid being blurred in the photo? 😐 it always happenes to me while light paiting

  49. InGreed666 says:

    Can u tell me again how you get the person clear with the camera setting being on 40 seconds? First light on and then off?

  50. DarkSilver19 says:

    Is manual focus before the shoot the only way to go? I'm doing this by myself so what i've been doing was to set my camera on 2 second delay after hitting the shutter button so I can run into place and start painting. The issue I'm running into is that my camera COULD NOT focus on anything because it was too dark and therefore I could not hit the shutter button to get the whole process going.

  51. Tanvee says:

    When do you press the button for the photo? After you draw with the light? Or before?

  52. Street Drummer says:

    Dude great tutorial. Totally enjoyed it. Keep it up!

  53. Johnny B says:

    How do you take a pic if your in front of the camera ?..

  54. Edit Surpickaja says:

    Hi . Question- I want to paint around couple on wedding day , plus I want to use flash to frozen them .so – should I paint around them first and use flash after ( by putting second curtain mode on flash ) or should I flash them and then paint around ( first curtain more on flash ) . All this will do on long exposure ( in one go ) . Thanks need answers asap . Love you all who can help !

  55. JIMINAHH says:

    I watched this in school

  56. PATRICK Lu says:

    in case set the exposure time as 10 seconds,please explain how I can make the portrait face not blur.

  57. Eve B says:

    How come you don’t show up in the pictures and only the light does

  58. Nintendo Randoms says:

    I keep getting body trail how should I stop it?

  59. Osakattack says:

    Thing is, how do you get rid of yourself from behind the light cos I just want it by itself

  60. Olivia Harrison says:

    Thank you so much this helped loads!

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