More Light Painting iOS Fun

More Light Painting iOS Fun

Joelle Alcaidinho
Feb 25, 2011

Not too long ago we talked about a great light painting app, Holo-Paint which allows you to create fun photos using an iPad. In this post we will take a look, with a little help from an Instructables guide, at even more ways to paint with light by using the iPad or another iOS device. Hooray for 8-Bit light painting and more fun with graphics!

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

Now you have even more ways to get the light painting look like in the video by design firm BERG and creative communications agency Dantsu London called Making Future Magic: iPad Light Painting. This handy guide by Instructables user Fungus Amungus not only explains how light painting works, but also breaks down some inexpensive apps to use to achieve the look.

As we explained in a previous post, light painting with your iOS device is done by using a tripod and setting your camera to a long exposure, and as the photo is being taken using a slow and fluid panning motion as to move your iPad or other iOS device through space. While this Instructable and our previous post are geared towards iOS devices and their apps, we imagine there are similar apps for other large touchscreen devices. In this Instructable, the author suggest that the best shutter speeds to use for this effect are 10 seconds or longer (with the camera in manual mode), and that having a camera that can operate in bulb mode is also handy.

The apps that are reviewed and used in this guide are: 8bit App by Alex Smith, Spawn Illuminati HD by Elements of Design LLC, Photo Paint Pro HD and Text Paint Pro by Light Paint Pro, Holo-Paint by Garry Somerville, and Holographium by Franz Bruckhoff. For the complete light painting guide, check out Instructables.

(Images: Instructables member Fungus Amungus licensed for use under Creative Commons and Vivian Kim)

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