How to Do Light Painting With a Smartphone

While smartphone cameras have unquestionably evolved in megapixels and color quality, manual controls haven’t kept up, keeping smartphone cameras as the digital equivalent of a throwaway point-and-shoot film camera—until now. Nokia’s Lumia 1020 introduces specific ISO control, shutter delay, manual focus, and a shutter speed of up to four seconds to create some stunning examples of light painting:

Nokia teamed up with light painter Ian Hobson, whose style of light painting is futuristic, colorful and pattern-based. The video shows the how and why of light painting with some pretty impressive results:

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“I’m very keen on light painting because it’s a very challenging and demanding art form, combined with an awful lot of enjoyable good fun.”

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