Light is the essence of photography. SpriteBrush transforms your smartphone or tablet into an enchanted light painting brush.
Light painting is the art of illustration with long-exposure photography and a handheld light source. The marvelous colors, patterns, and effects in SpriteBrush add fun and creativity to your light painting photos.
What You'll Need
- The SpriteBrush app for Android
- A camera with long-exposure capabilities. A digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera set to "bulb" is ideal
- A tripod or steady brace for your camera
- A dim or dark room, or suitably dark outdoor space
Your First Light Painting
Choose a SpriteBrush brush style, open the camera shutter, paint your image, then close the camera's shutter. Your camera's shutter may be open from a just few seconds to several minutes, depending on your composition.
Never shoot in a space with obstacles, drops, or tripping hazards. Practice your technique in a well-lit space before shooting.
- Set your smartphone or tablet's brightness setting to manual. Adjust the device's brightness if necessary.
- Disable your smartphone or tablet's sleep feature.
- Have an assistant operate the camera's shutter, or use a remote shutter release trigger.
- Switch off auto focus on your camera.
- Tweak your camera's ISO and aperture if your photos are overexposed or underexposed.
The essential light brush tool: Colors, stripes, and gradients that are framed in geometric shapes.
|Mask||Choose a form to add visual interest to your solid color brush.|
|Fill||Pick a solid color, stripe, gradient, or animated color cycle.|
|Strobe||Strobes adds variety to your light painting. Choose from a slow, medium, or fast strobe. Strobes create spots, dotted trails, lazers, and more.|
Tap the "Display Brush" button to display the brush on your device.
Tap the screen to hide and show the brush.
Tap and hold the screen to return to the Brushes page.
Form unique patterns and and textures with an animated brush.
|Animation||Pick one from the animated brush palette screen.|
|Fill||Pick a solid color, stripe, gradient, animated color cycle, or pallette (not all fill options are available for each brush).|
|Speed||Animated brushes cycle through a loop or randomly change. Use trial & error to match the speed of your lightbrush stroke with the speed of the animation. Too fast a stroke with too slow an animation won't show much change; a slow stroke with a fast animation might blur.|
Tap the "Display Animated Brush" button to display the brush on your screen.
Tap the screen to hide and show the brush.
Tap and hold the screen to return to the Animations page.
Decorate your light painting with ornamental illustrations. Stencils are high contrast line drawings that blink on your SpriteBrush screen and appear as recognizable images in your long exposure light painting photo.
|Stencil||Pick one from the stencil palette screen.|
|Speed||Stencils flash onscreen for a brief burst, like a camera shutter. Your selection from the speed palette screen sets the time between flashes. Choose a fast speed to increase the number of stencil images that appear in a stroke, or a slow speed to capture fewer stencils.|
Tap the "Display Stencil" button to display the stencil on your screen.
Tap the screen to hide and show the stencil.
Tap and hold the screen to return to the Stencils page.
The default SpriteBrush interface may be too bright in a dark setting. Check "Night Mode" in the overflow menu for a more comfortable color scheme.
Adjust the dimensions of brushes on your device's screen. Scale brushes up or down for visual effect, or paint with large tablets using scaled-down brushes.
Choose "Brush Size" in the overflow menu, click the "Size" button, and select from 100% (default), 80%, 50%, or 20%.
Your brush size is saved when you close SpriteBrush. The current brush size is displayed in the overflow menu.
SpriteBrush light painting Android application, v0.0.3
Made by Mat Bergman
v0.0.3, 1/11/2017: New brush size setting to adjust brush dimensions on large screens. Streamlined the navigation. Optimized the selection of brushes. Improved the interface on Nexus 5 and 6 devices.
v0.0.2, 5/22/2016: New mask and fill combinations that expanded the brush selection. Designed a sublime color palette library.
v0.0.1, 3/13/2015: SpriteBrush was made as a fun toy for all human Earthlings.