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Light Painting 101…

by on Dec.23, 2013, under Life, Photography

I taught an introduction to light painting at one of my local camera clubs recently. A little background, a run through of some tools and techniques and some examples followed by a practical group session outside afterwards when it was dark enough.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

We had no real environment to include in our shots and the ambient street lights didn’t help but it was enough for the people to just see the effect of building up the light painting effects during a long exposure.

One of our simple test setups on the night – with some modelling from one of our club members who I must say managed to stay remarkably still during the 3+ minute exposure with lots of ambient light around. Red and blue EL wire all around for the fiery effect and a couple pops with a snooted flash from behind

Fire Z

Fire Z

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm, 211.00 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

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