By Lani Young
22 Dec 2008
Basically anyone with a nice camera that has adjustable exposer can do this.
You will need a dark area, At night is best! Set your shutter speed to about 15 sec or longer and your f-stop to around 5.6. Be sure to have your shutter on the timer OR remote setting (Just as you would do for long exposure.) Get a flashlight and start writing. Takes some practice to get your words right. but it is way fun!
Another thing that is fun, is getting a "model" and in a dark place, "light" them with a flashlight, then turn out the light, have your model change poses (be sure to have them be VERY still else they will be blurry) then light them again. You'll end up with two of the same person.
This is a really fun thing to do with a couple people, even if they aren't too interested in photography. Although trying to explain the process of long exposer to these camera illiterate is very exhausting. I have gone to my brothers college house and did some things with him and his roommates and they all loved being models. Sometimes it can be hard though with people who are sometimes impatient, for to get very many pictures... it can be time consuming. Then also when you are just learning, it can take even more time. But overall most people I have done it will really enjoy it and always help come up with more idea's of how to model, what to write, like to start writing themselves, ect. It could start to be a new party activity..?? Okay maybe not. But it is very fun. Some of my friends that got me started on light writing have a whole collection of lights. All different colors, sizes, wattages, some are LCD, some are infrared. Matt has three stick lights he got at Wal-Mart, and he sometimes will just toss them through the frame to get smooth lines. Turns out pretty tight!
Anyway, Try it out people! If you have any questions let me know, or google it!