Light Painting with the micro:bit

Continuing with the theme of playing at night with light, the children at Cedarwood have been Light Painting with the BBC micro:bit.  Light painting involves moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph and can be done with either a mobile phone or a DSLR camera.  We have been inventing different kinds of light sources to use while light painting. It was particularly cold and the children decided to stay inside but over the coming weeks, we plan to get creative outdoors by capturing Light Paintings in the local neighbourhood.

Check out the photos below to get a sense of what you can do. The children chose different light patterns and colours and could change these while playing. We also animated the light to create different effects, attached the lights to our bodies and used string to create lights that you can spin around your body. The children enjoyed the act of moving around and creating the photos, as much as the photos themselves, and worked together to compose different shots.

We are putting together some shareable resources on how you capture the photo, some ideas for light painting tools that came out of our workshops, along with the code.