Visions in the night
With camera and penlight at the ready, let your light-painting skills run wild on New Year's Eve. Feel free to scribble your New Year resolutions in the air or recreate these awesome images (left) without leaving a trace - well, other than on your memory card. Expert photographer Joyce Yung Ka-yee from Random Art Workshop explains how to get the perfect shot.
What you will need
A camera, preferably a DSLR, or any digital camera with manual control
Tripod (or simply fix the camera to a cupboard or post)
Penlight or other small torch
1 Choose places that are dark like a beach or park at night (avoid street lamps), or simply turn off the lights in your room.
2 Fix your camera on the tripod or put it on a stable, even surface.
3 Adjust the camera's aperture to between F/18 and F/22 to avoid overexposure.
4 Adjust the shutter speed to about 10 to 30 seconds, depending on the time you need to doodle in the air.
5 Adjust the ISO to 100 to reduce the noise in the picture.
6 If you are shooting yourself, set a timer.
7 Now it's time to switch the lights off if you're indoors.
8 Push the button and let your imagination run wild. To get the best shots, you might have to experiment a bit and adjust the settings according to the situation.
Do a mirror image of the picture you are drawing. For example, paint 'iH' for 'Hi'.
Turn the torch off to break a line.
Point the penlight towards the camera while you're drawing as if the camera is your canvas.
Try covering the penlight with coloured cellophane for a different effect.
As long as you wear dark clothing, you can move around the scene as if you were invisible.
If you want to capture yourself in the picture, use a flashlight.
Start light painting with shapes and experiment with the flash.