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How-To:  “Light stencil” effects for light painting

As a compliment to this morning’s post about making “light orbs,” here’s a second Flickr tutorial, from user tdub303, about making and using “light stencils” in your long-exposure light photography. Basically, the stencil is cut out of a light-tight box holding a camera flash, which is fired off to illuminate the design and record it on the exposure.


I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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