Painting with light: Photography students capture illuminating images

Students in COMM 1318 Photography 1 practiced using the manual settings on their DSLR cameras in order to “paint” with light before the Thanksgiving break.  

Students tried using various slow shutter speeds (along with tripods), large aperture settings, and ISO between 800 and 1600 to capture trails of light.  The light came from swinging a strand of Christmas tree lights or waving two smartphones behind a classmate seated in a chair in the darkened TV studio.

It’s a fun project that takes a lot practice and probably more sophisticated lighting to pull off well.  But some of the results are not bad.  They are featured below.

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