Creat ive tech­niques Draw in the dark­ness

Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes shows you how to sketch with light us­ing your sur­round­ings as the can­vas

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Christ­mas is a great time to try your hand a sketch­ing with light, es­pe­cially if you have a few lit­tle helpers to hand. Sketch­ing with light is done by mov­ing a light source (in our case, a small pen light) around while tak­ing a long ex­po­sure photo. The move­ment of the light is cap­tured as a dis­tinct trail, and by ‘draw­ing’ with the light you can cre­ate a sim­ple sketch, such as our wood­land scene here.

You can do this in­doors, but we de­cided to head out­side to give us lots of space to move around. You also need to work in the dark, partly so you can see the light trails, but also so you can set an ex­po­sure long enough to cap­ture them. That said, it’s best to head out be­fore it gets dark, so you can scout the lo­ca­tion and work out a rough com­po­si­tion first.

You’ll also need a wide-an­gle lens to give you lots of room in the frame, and a tri­pod to keep ev­ery­thing sharp. And to avoid you (or your artist) show­ing up in the photo, you’ll need to wear dark cloth­ing; this, in com­bi­na­tion with a long shut­ter speed blur­ring the move­ment, means you shouldn’t be in one place long enough to show up in the fi­nal im­age.

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