Spirographs are a unique form of light painting where a mesmerizing patterns is being light painting into the sensor. It is kinda the adult version of this kids art game. Interestingly, Spirographs are really easy to create and only require a flashlight, a camera and a dark room.
Jason D. Page just put together a complete guide on creating those magical being. Here is a quick 3 steps guide followed by Jason’s full guide.
1. Create a Light Source
Jason uses a Coast G26 flashlight mounted with a Light Pen but you can also use cheap LEDs and cover them with some tape to make them a point light source. Then hang the light from a tall spot (your significant other would love hanging these from the living room chandelier).
2. Position the camera
Position the camera directly under the light, and make sure it is 100% horizontal. If you used the previous tip and hang the light from the chandelier, the coffee table would make a great tripod
Set the camera on ISO 100, F16 and bulb mode (mileage may vary depending on how strong the flash light is). cover the lens with a piece of board. Make sure the room is dark and start your exposure. Then cover the lens, stop the exposure and turn the lights back on.
remember, as long as the lens is covered with a card, you can switch the lights to create Spirograph with 2 or three colors.
Here is a more complete guide if you want all the small things that you have to look after:
We are curious to see what you can come up with, till then, here are some creative Spirograph from Jason
[Light Painting Tutorial, Spirographs | Jason D. Page]