The Fourth of July has come and gone here in the states and while most photographers spend that evening trying to capture the light of the explosions, I opted to give my family something fun to do after the shows. That turned into an awesome game. It went over so well that I pretty much have to share it with you.
The basic idea is to draw an image while your teammates try to guess what it is…but you’re going to use flashlights and long exposure photography instead of a pen and paper.
You split up into teams of however you want to set it up, we did two teams of three. The group can opt to either use a set of subject cards (ie: Animal, People, Action cards etc.), or you can let each artist choose their own thing to draw.
Before the game starts decide as a group if you will use a time limit. Since you will be working in the dark I recommend either a 30 second exposure, or bulb and expose until the artist is done drawing. Set your camera up on a tripod and make sure your exposure is set accurately for what your group decided. Each turn proceeds with one team member (in rotation) standing in front of the camera and using a flash light to draw their subject in the air while a member of the opposite team operates the camera.
Team members may guess as the artist is drawing, and for a short time after the drawing is complete before the image is revealed on camera. Once the image is shown on the camera’s LCD the team has 30 seconds to identify the subject and then the opposing team can steal.
Scoring is based on correct guesses. One point for a right answer and a bonus point if it’s guessed before the image is revealed on the camera.
Here are some of the images from our game:
The best part of it all is that you only really need one person that knows enough about the camera to do this. Once the camera is set and everyone understands what to, the process of drawing in the air is something anyone can do.
And the best best part? You get fun images too!
So yeah, since I’m claiming the glory of inventing this new take on a classic game I’m claiming some of the profit if I see this on the shelves. You’re welcome world. I love you gaming companies, but hook it up.