Light Painting

May 28, 2020

Not all paintings last for thousands of years. Some are gone in a flash, unless you capture them. 

Joel Gordon powers up creativity with this activity that uses light to paint images that can be captured with photos or video. 

Materials | Supplies

  • LED lights
  • holiday lights
  • flashlight
  • different colored lights
  • cell phone
  • SLR camera with a high f-stop to slow exposure

Concepts Explored

  • photography
  • technology
  • design
  • creativity

Discovery Starters

Move your light source to different places inside and outside the frame of the camera, what happens? 

Try writing with your light source. Are the letters in the correct direction? Why or why not?

Trace something with the light, what happens?

Explore Further

What other lighted objects could you use to "paint" with? 

How does the speed of your motion effect the painting? 

If you change the setting on the camera what happens? 

Additional Resources

Night Photography and Light Painting: Finding Your Way in the Dark by Lance Keimig

Amazeum YOU Activity Guide Light Painting

Amazeum YOU Activities Light and Shadow Play | Paper Lanterns