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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
A added some lights in my hand… and one of the other photographers added a little bit of laser light.
I moved the lights I was holding around as they changed colour to add butterfly wings to the shot.
Adding a different light – this time a spinning orb of light and you can see my silhouette but also an abstract pattern.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Then suddenly – wham … the light changed – much closer to the camera and moving away from it … any ideas what creates this?
So did you guess…
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.
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.
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!