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Light Painting

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5 Minutes

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WHAT WILL YOU MAKE?

Draw glowing art that only appears in photographs.
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WHAT WILL YOU NEED?

STEP 1

Bend the leads

Bend the leads on your LED into two circles.

STEP 2

Add the battery

Slide a battery between the two leads and press them against it to light up the LED. If it doesn’t light up, flip the battery over. Once the LED lights up, wrap the leads and battery in tape to hold them together.

STEP 3

Set up the camera

Place your camera on a tripod so it won’t shake when taking the photo. With the lights on, adjust the focus with someone standing 10 feet away, and then set the shutter speed to 5–10 seconds. Have someone hold the LED and turn out the lights. When you press the button to take the picture they can draw an image in the air that will be captured by the camera.

WHAT'S NEXT?

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Try giving your friends LEDs too, especially of other colors, and draw pictures together. Can you make a detailed scene? What happens if you set the shutter speed faster or slower?

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Your safety is your own responsibility, including proper use of equipment and safety gear, and determining whether you have adequate skill and experience. Power tools, electricity, and other resources used for these projects are dangerous, unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety gear and adult supervision. Some illustrative photos do not depict safety precautions or equipment, in order to show the project steps more clearly. Use of the instructions and suggestions found in Maker Camp is at your own risk. Maker Media, Inc., disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury, or expense.

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