Ever try shooting with light painting techniques? if not you should try it. Shooting with light painting technique is a very exciting and one of the creative use of shutter speed. In photography, light painting, we open the shutter in a long time (long exposure), photographed in the darkness and directs the directional light source (eg a flashlight) at some point along the object image in the span of the shutter is open.
Mechanical photo light painting or light graffiti does not need a lot of money, the main thing that distinguishes good photo light painting and the mediocre is the creativity and the willingness to try. With this technique, we use as a light source like a painting brush.
The main objective picture technique “painting with light” is we illuminate some areas or points on the object so that only the illuminated area is only recorded in the photo. Another creative use of light to form a unique pattern. All depends on your vision.
What Are the Requirements?
Some of the equipment needed to try light painting techniques:
A camera with manual controls, especially with bulb mode. This is necessary because the exposure time can be up to 30 seconds. For example, the photo above is produced cars with 113 seconds
Light source: flashlight, external flash, light study, electric torches, candles etc to taste. The more diverse the light source and the color choices we are more and more creative options.
Shutter release, or if not friends who are willing to push the shutter button
Light Painting Photo: First Trial
Photo light painting can be achieved in many ways, but if you are a first time try following some initial steps to follow:
Find a dark place. You can try in room with the lights off. If you try it outdoors, try no other light source into the picture (it should not but to start to make it easier)
Specify the file to the object illuminated, then decide how you will shine
Another alternative is photographing light source pattern: you can use a flashlight to write words or imitate a particular form
Set the camera in bulb mode position,
Use a moderate aperture. Between f / 4 to f / 8 is a good starting choice
Use a shutter release and then lock in the lock position, if you do not have a cable release looking for friends who want shutter button corresponding exposure time required
Now start using a light source to illuminate some point / area object photos or start creating your own form before
Try you do not stand between the light source and the lens, when the light from the lens blocked by your body then the image will appear there silhouette
Keep long irradiation between one point to another same time so the images appear smoother
When finished ‘painting’, release the shutter button (or cable release)
See the final image, if you are not satisfied with the final image, repeat. Sometimes required several attempts to determine a good exposure time according to the strength of your light source
Experimentation is Key
Rather difficult to determine an appropriate exposure time in bulb mode with just one trial, then if the first photo looks ugly repeat again and adjust the time. You can use a timer to determine the most appropriate bulb. Do not forget to also try a variety of light sources. Try some light source color: red, blue, yellow, etc.. Try to vary the object image. Creativity is fun is not it?