with Courtney Slazinik
Flashlight Fun – Why Didn’t I Think of That? Wednesday

I saw this idea on a fellow 365er’s blog, Jen, (check out her photos they are A-MAZ-ING!)  Since I don’t have any sparklers floating around, I thought about trying this with a flashlight.  I am SURE my neighbors think I’m crazy since I set up my tripod outside at 9pm and stood there moving a flashlight around :O)  Oh well!


You will need a tripod, stool, chair, ladder, or anything flat and sturdy you can set your camera on.  The key is making sure that your shutter speed is open long enough to capture what you are writing.  This one was open for 6 seconds.  I took this one by myself so I used my remote (love love love my remote :O)  Okay, so once you have your camera safe and secure and your shutter speed open a good length of time, start writing :O)  If you choose to write words you need to write your letters reversed (like a mirror).  I tried writing several words and only had luck with one of them.  This is why I choose to do a heart.  The secret to getting your heart to connect in the same spot is to find a spot on a wall or tree to start your heart and then end your heart in the same place (this took me about 5 minutes to realize :O) he he. I don’t know if this makes a difference or not but I didn’t turn my flashlight on until the button after the shutter button was pressed and I turned it off when I was finished. Another thing I did (not sure if it made a difference) was to turn off my auto focus and put it on manual. I then focused it to where I thought it looked sharp.

Go out and have fun playing with your shutter speed and flashlight.  You don’t have to have a remote to do this, you could always bribe a spouse or friend to help :O)  Don’t forget to come back on Friday to share your picture and see others!

  • tlhughes
    September 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    oh I love it!

  • Lisa Anderson
    September 16, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    This looks fun – going to have to try it – and hope my neighbors think I’m crazy!

    • September 16, 2010 at 8:10 AM

      It is fun! Hope to see your photos on Friday :O)

  • September 16, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    really cool! oh after talking to my friend i decided to wait and save up for the 24mm 2.8. I really want the 16-35mm f/4 but it’s way out of my budget. I was hoping that Nikon would release a 24mm 1.8 yesterday. did you see they released a newer version of the d90? ahhh I wish I waited! they also released a 35mm 1.4.

    • September 16, 2010 at 8:10 AM

      I didn’t know that!! Ohhhh a 35mm 1.4, not that is very tempting!! You will have to tell me how much you love your new lens when you get it :O)

  • September 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    This is awesome! I’m going to have to try this sometime.

    • September 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM

      It is so fun, Sarah!! I hope you do try it :O) Please share your pictures when you do :O) I would love to see how they turn out!

  • September 17, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    That is awesome! I’m not sure I can justify spending the time to figure it out when I haven’t done the dishes yet though… ;-)

    • September 17, 2010 at 2:14 PM

      Dishes…smishes :O) I vote go play!

  • September 28, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    I’ll def. try it out!!

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