Painting with light – Challenge your kids to be creative

Its that time of year when it gets dark very quickly, it feels as though the day is over before its even began, This time of year if great for night photography, as you don’t need to wait all night to get some decent shots.

I had a day off on Friday so me and the family decided to go out for the day at kielder forest, one of the UK best dark night spots, we wanted a day out walking but somewhere I could take advantage of the weather and shoot some night photography (again)

The new moon had just passed so there was a little light coming from the crescent moon that was visible but it didn’t dampen my spirit of shooting the Milky way.

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Kielder is perfect for these types of shots as like I said its a dark night spot and there is zero light pollution, this shot above was a combination of 4 images stacked to make a vertical panorama


This week I thought of doing something different, a challenge for all you budding photographers and parents.

I love light painting, im not brilliant at it but I do enjoy it, and I love getting my son involved to. Its a subject in photography that is fun and exciting for kids. Once id finished shooting stars, I headed back to the car for a quick cuppa and get my light painting bag out of the car and started shooting. I shot most of my shots at 30 seconds, Ideally you want to be in BULB mode then shut off camera once your finished shooting but that was difficult in this situation.

I set my camera on a tripod, set the aperture to 5.6, iso 200, and 30 seconds. put camera onto a 10 second timer so I had time to get in front of the camera so start. You can use everything from led light, keychain lights and el wire. any light source will do. once your camera fires, its time to paint. Below is my attempts at kielder.

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To create this you need to take a number of shots, drag to Photoshop into layers the highlight all layers. Next change the blend mode to Lighten, and thats it. simple.

So my challenge is  – Get some light and paint some pictures, Tweet me your results @adventure_brown

I have added this post to the Photalife blog which is ran by Darren Coleshill. to see the posts or enter your own blog post, click the logo below, and remember to #MySundayPhoto


Here are some old examples of what you can do with light.

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.



  1. 26th November 2017 / 12:09 am

    Love the effect you create. I’m in a designated dark sky area and would love to try and capture our stars.

  2. 26th November 2017 / 12:12 am

    We are so going to try this! We have sparklers left over from Bonfire night! Great tips x #MySundayPhoto

  3. 26th November 2017 / 7:31 am

    Those bottom examples. How on earth did you do that? Looks absolutely amazing. And yes, I will be trying this. My kids would absolutely love it. great suggestion Lewis. #MySundayPhoto

    • 26th November 2017 / 8:46 am

      Thanks. It’s called wire wool spinning. You need a whisk. Fine grade wire wool a chain or rope stuff a little wool in the whisk. Light it and spin.

  4. 26th November 2017 / 8:23 am

    Amazing looking photos, painting with light is something I need to try

    Thank you for linking up

  5. 26th November 2017 / 12:21 pm

    What an amazing capture. So clear! #mysundayphoto

  6. 26th November 2017 / 8:39 pm

    The milky way is amazing. Outs life to capture our dark skies here in Portugal. Light painting also looks amazing #mysundayphoto

  7. 2nd December 2017 / 8:36 pm

    The effect made has been brilliant. Loved it. Great photo! Sorry I didnt comment last time but thought I would come and comment on this weeks instead! Looking forward to seeing tomorrow’s! #mysundayphoto

    • 2nd December 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Appreciate you reading it. Tomorrow’s is a good one. Well I think it is anyway. Another fun way to photograph images. Thanks again

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