Light painting effect from a phone camera

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I was down at the Brewery Tap last night watching Groove Cartel and one of their guitarists was using a guitar custom built by Vanquish Guitars, who I'm currently working quite close with in building my own. I tried to get some pictures using my iPhone but the lighting was to dull to get any good shots, they were all just a blurry mess. As I took a second look at the pictures, they were outputting some results like peoples light painting shots.

As the phones lens seemed to be open for at least a few seconds when taking the pictures, I could jiggle it around to distort all the stage lighting.

Light Painting 1

Check out some of the results below, some are good, others not so but It was great fun experimenting with the camera by waving it in different shapes - even though I did look a bit of a wally.

Light Painting 2

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Light Painting 17


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  • Nick wrote on

    Neat trick Ben, I gave it a try and produced some nice results on the old iPhone! :)

    • Nouveller wrote on

      Thanks, it would be good to post your own results too!

  • Brandon wrote on

    That is very cool. Love the effects from your iPhone.

  • Cairns Painters wrote on

    I love your pics. These type of pics work really well with an SLR camera at night time too. Any place like a night club, or somewhere where there is xmas lights, just swing the camera while your taking the photo and you’ve got a work of art.

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