light painting, mobile snaps, instagramers

Here’s the third in the Mobile Snaps series of weekly video tutorials that focuses on how to take better pictures with your iPhone or other mobile device. This one is a pretty slick, short tutorial on light painting with your iPhone. Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera. You’ve probably seen them made with flashlights or glow sticks. It’s pretty fun.

To create a light painting, you’ll need an app that lets you keep the shutter open. The video recommends Slow Shutter Cam by Cogitap ($0.99). I like NightCap Pro by Chris Woods ($1.99) a little better. You’ll also need a tripod or some way to keep your iPhone from moving.

I’ve created a few light paintings with NightCap Pro and a GorillaPod — you can find them on Amazon for about $15. It was very easy to do with only one person. Here’s my humble attempt below….

light painting, nightcap pro, slow shutter

If you’re new-ish to iPhoneography or mobile photography, this is a good video series to help learn a foundation of basics quickly. This video is brief, informative, slickly produced and takes you through step-by-step. It may give you ideas to spark your creativity as well. It’s produced in part by Instagramers Malaysia, who are active in the global Instagramers’ community.

Check out the first Mobile Snaps episode, “Shooting With Perspective“.

Check out the second Mobile Snaps episode, “Shooting Hyperlapse“.


In collaboration with Digi Malaysia, @igersmalaysia has launched The Mobile Snaps series consisting of ten episodes. It is comprised of short video tutorials intended as a guide to mobile photography with the use of various apps.

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