Day 311- Studio Fun – Part 2 – Painting with Light

Part two of the Old Bakery session and we got to play with lights. I have done Light painting before, but it is always great fun to play with lights especially if you are in a setting where you can control the darkness, where you know other people are looking out for you and where there are new lights to play with.

Light Painting

First of all one of the photographer’s showed us how he made is his really cool profile photo. On tripod we set out cameras up to focus and then with a 30sec exposure and F22, in the dark he quickly drew round the object with a bright torch. You had to have a steady hand but the results speak for themselves

Painting with Light, ISO100, F22, 30sec
Painting with Light, ISO100, F22, 30sec

Above is a guitar on a red carpet.  Setting this up in my own studio space I need to be careful of my composition, so that I can include the depth of the object in my shoot, but for a first attempt and sharing the space with other photographers … it is great!

Painting with Light, ISO100, F22, 30sec
Painting with Light, ISO100, F22, 30sec

We found a cello – I think this is rather cool….. and it was interesting how much harder it was for the light painter as he had not painted a cello before – you really have to consider the direction of light to take the torch.

Painting with Light, ISO100, F22, 30sec
Painting with Light, ISO100, F22, 30sec

We changed location and this is the guitar on a white concrete floor, the torch picks up the texture in the flower and bounces some of the light back onto the image. What a great technique!

Adding Lights

We then experimented with different lights – my camera was on a tripod, I changed the setting depending on the amount of light being added to the seen, had long exposure times and was relying on luck – with someone else pressing my shutter or using a remote shutter release….

Below is my circle light – I took it a long and demonstrated how it worked with an outline in front of it – yep that is me! A selfie!

ISO200, F3.5, 10secs
ISO200, F3.5, 10secs

A added some lights in my hand… and one of the other photographers added a little bit of laser light.

ISO200, F4, 13secs
ISO200, F4, 13secs

I moved the lights I was holding around as they changed colour to add butterfly wings to the shot.

ISO200, F4, 13secs
ISO200, F4, 13secs

Adding a different light – this time a spinning orb of light and you can see my silhouette but also an abstract pattern.

ISO200, F4, 13secs
ISO200, F4, 13secs

Moving the light around – you can create all sorts of great vibrant patterns – but the results vary depending on the settings you choose for your camera, the position the camera is in relationship to the lights and the depth of zoom. It is great cause you never know for sure what you are going to get.

ISO200, F4, 13secs
ISO200, F4, 13secs

Add some laser and it gets interesting…. add a vapor pen and it adds real atmosphere to the laser., if you have the laser at the right angle to the camera. I am not pro smoking, but this is a great reason to use a vapor pen… and if we had managed to have the smoke machine the effect may have been even more amazing!

ISO200, F4, 13secs
ISO200, F4, 13secs

Add a model and you can fire lasers into their head … hopefully no lasting damage done … so with experimentation and combining lights … the effect can be really varied.

ISO200, F4, 13secs
ISO200, F4, 13secs

Use too much laser thought and you can turn the whole white studio green and the you can create some interesting squiggle lights… credit here goes to the amazing photographer who has able to keep the light spinning and who adjusted it to make it spin better!

ISo200, F4, 13secs
ISo200, F4, 13secs

A different light – this is LED wire , which when moved quickly across the floor creates a misty effect almost like water on a slow shutter speed.

ISO200, F4, 13sec
ISO200, F4, 13sec

Then suddenly – wham … the light changed – much closer to the camera and moving away from it … any ideas what creates this?

F11, 13secs, ISO100
F11, 13secs, ISO100
F11, 13secs, ISO100
F11, 13secs, ISO100
F11, 13secs, ISO100
F11, 13secs, ISO100
F11, 13secs, ISO100
F11, 13secs, ISO100

So did you guess…

Bike wheel with battery lights around the edge
Bike wheel with battery lights around the edge

Those impressive spirals were made with a bike wheel and some led lights and a couple of AA batteries…. so now on my wish list is a bike wheel … anyone got a spare?

We then went back to exploring with the laser pen…. the photographer who held this still for 13 seconds held it incredibly still … the light looked stationary to my naked eye… but in camera he moved soo much… this really does show why camera shake can ruin a picture.

ISO100, F10, 13 secs
ISO100, F10, 13 secs

Putting the laser light on a tripod and you can see how much movement was made handheld – I am amazed! You can really see the effect of light shake when you compare the two images….

The light is different in places as some smoke was being added with a vapor pen, but my camera was at the wrong angle I think, to pick up on that detail.

ISO100, F11, 8 secs
ISO100, F11, 8 secs

Finally … sorry to so many photos – but what happens if you stand in one place for too long … you either sprout bunny ears for no known reason or you begin to give off an aurora as all the lights that you have been experimenting with beginning to react with one another … I am not sure a studio full of photographers is a good thing … it might be catching!

ISO100, F9, 8 secs
ISO100, F9, 8 secs
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