Equipment You Need
WHAT YOU NEED TO CREATE A LIGHT PAINTING: Camera with Manual Controls, Light Source, and a Tripod
CAMERA WITH MANUAL CONTROLS: Your camera should allow you to open the shutter for an extended period of time say 10, 20, or 30 seconds or more. Just about every DSLR camera has a manual or Bulb setting, this is what you want to shoot in. Shooting in bulb or manual mode a good place to start to create your first light painting is with the following settings:
BULB or MANUAL MODE
Shutter Speed: 30 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: To create a light painting using the Light Painting Brushes system you need a handheld light source. Using the Light Painting Brushes Universal Connector you can attach any light emitting device, flashlight, or torch that is relatively round and has a diameter of .975" to 1.5" to a variety of our custom Light Painting Brushes light modifiers.
TRIPOD: Using a tripod is an important part of light painting photography because you generally want to keep your camera as still as possible to create sharp focus and avoid any unwanted light streaks. If you do not have a tripod, placing your camera down on a steady surface can be just as good, just be careful not to accidentally move the camera during the exposure.