I’m not a humbug… let’s just get that out of the way. But I find holiday lights pretty boring after a short while.
Like every year, I find myself walking or driving through an exhibit of holiday lights with the family. The kids love it (and I love that they are happy). This time I even left all my pro camera gear at home and only had a lowly point and shoot in my pocket (it’s actually my nine-year old son’s camera).
Recently, I taught him about light-painting and long-exposure photography. He loves it. While on our walk through the holiday exhibit, he asked if we could shoot some soon again.
Thinking creatively… this is what we did.
- Popped into the menu of the camera and found a preset for shooting Fireworks. We also tried a preset for nighttime photography which worked well. Most cameras have at least one of these.
- Since the light source couldn’t move, we instead waved the camera around. We looked a little weird, but it basically looked like we were playing with a model airplane and pretending to have a dog fight.
- After letting the exposure fire for a few seconds, we’d put our hand over the lens to block out any more light. This tricked the camera into staying open even longer and prevented an over-exposed image.
I’m not sure how you feel about abstracts, but I was pretty happy with the results (and my nine-year old had a blast). These images are un-retouched or modified. All action was in-camera.
Rich has published over 100 courses on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.