Light Painting with Moth Trails

April 11, 2010 · 1 comment

in Animals,Inspiration,Tutorials

If you want to experiment with light painting, a great way to begin is with moth trails.

You’ll need:

1. Camera & tripod

2. A bright light source surrounded by moths & bugs


1. Keep compositional guidelines such as “Rule of Thirds” in mind

2. Experiment with different length exposures. The longer the exposure, the longer the light trail each bug will make.

3. Shooting directly into the light may create beautiful random lens flare, but watch out you don’t blow out the image.

4. Experiment with slow sync flash to freeze the moths in mid flight

5. Be aware of what type of light you’re photographing, as different types of lights give different colour casts. Use the appropriate white balance setting to get the most neutral effect.

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Mom April 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm

These pics are just so awesome. I never, ever thought of doing that. Going to have to give it a try!

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