Sure, you can take some gorgeous long-exposure photos by carefully waving around a bright object, but there's another approach to it: Light stencils.

Basically all you're doing is cutting out a plain stencil, taping some opaque cellophane to the back, and using something like a camera flash to illuminate things, but the results look awesome. You can check out the detailed instructions for the project over at Flickr. [Flickr via Make]

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