blue Light Igloo

The slightly warmer evenings, (well in the northern hemisphere anyway) mean that you no longer have to freeze like an Eskimo to create an amazing light igloo. These temporary space age structures are sure to amaze onlookers and the good news is they are incredibly easy to light painting technique.

This light painting project is all about drawing with a torch attached to the end of a stick, under the cover of darkness. Choose your location wisely, there needs to be plenty of space ideally something interesting going on the background.

You don’t need a fancy camera, (just one that is capable of long exposures), Tripod, a torch, a length of wood/broom  handle/monopod and some tape to fasten the torch to the piece of wood.

Light Igloo, light painting

Get the camera set up
  • Place the camera on the tripod.
  • Use the manual setting on the camera, which is ‘M’ on the mode dial
  • Set your camera to ISO 100 (to preserve picture quaility)
  • Use a small aperture (over f11) so that you have a large depth of field.
  • Set the camera to bulb and either use your shutter release cable or shutter remote or assistant to keep the shutter open whilst you create your light igloo.
  • Or set the shutter speed to 30 seconds (if you don’t have a shutter release cable or shutter remote or an assistant).

Close up of light igloo painting, light painting

 The Technique

To begin your light painting, attached the torch to the end of the stick and lash it in place with some sticky tape. Pick your spot for the shot to happen. Place the torch on the ground and set your focus manually. Activate the shutter.

Now kneel in your chosen spot, with the non torch end of the stick between your knees and the torch pointing upwards. The key thing to remember is to keep the non torch end in the same spot, whilst rotating the torch end in the air to create a quarter sphere. Once you are sure that all of the sphere is covered in light squiggles, then stop the exposure.

Review your master piece – Tah Dah your work here is done! If your not happy with your light painting then repeat the process again.

Wanna do more light painting stuff? Check out these fab projects:

Fairy Light House

Ready Brek Glow

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  • Sarah

    That’s so cool! I’ll have to give it a try.

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