Light Painting for Photography – The LightScythe

The idea behind this device is light-painting, which is drawing with a light source while a camera takes a long exposure. The acrylic tube houses a 2 meter LED strip which is controlled from a PC via Xbee. The LEDs flash in a pre-programmed sequence as the shutter to the camera opens and the artist walks at a steady pace holding the tube until the shutter closes. The result is seen above. Also, the creator, The Mechatronics Guy, has made it all open source so you can make your own.

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