(Note: The original video has been removed. This shows the same idea.)

Photographing light trails at night has been a popular technique of both still photographers and videographers. We’ve all seen the light trails of night traffic in a time lapse video. Light painting in still photography can be done a couple of ways. One way is to take a long exposure and move the lights during the exposure. That’s is what is being done in the video above. Another way is to move the camera during a long exposure.

Flying a UAV at night introduces additional safety issues so fly in an open field far from civilization. If you are going to make night art with a quadcopter, think about the safest way to do this. And prepare to land at a moment’s notice if for some reason the Phantom lights failed.

Light Painting With A Quadcopter
Light Painting Screw, by Karsten Knöfler (Own work)
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