Night photography is not that difficult but there are a few essential pieces of equipment needed to do the job right. Here is a list of mandatory and optional items:.
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Night photography can produce some great images, but it can be a bit tricky to find a location and compose your shots in the dark. It is best to go out ahead of time and find a spot, then return to it later, about 30 minutes before you actually want to start shooting. That will give you time to find it, get set up and be ready. Here are some tips for finding a good night subject suitable for painting with light.
PART ONE – THE PHOTOGRAPHY
Basically what you do it set your camera on Bulb, open the shutter using your locking release and walk into your scene and start lighting the objects in the camera view using your flashlight. It sounds simple but can be quite tricky to get just the right amount of light in different places, not get yourself in the image, and still get a good overall exposure. Here are a few tips or starting points, then you just need to experiment and adjust as you go.
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My first shot to establish the base exposure. Light painted from a few feet away from the shack with a wider beam flashlight.
Back in the days of film, painting with light was much harder. There was no way to determine if any of the exposures were correct or not.
To paint a whole scene you had to get it right in one frame or exposure. You can even paint a scene in stages, or sections, and build them all into one image later in Photoshop. Set the exposure to a relatively long value.
Light Painting Part One – the Photography
Stop down the aperture as much as you need. If you are outside do nothing. If you are inside — this is the time to turn off the lights. Or, you can use the light as a pen, and do precise work. Areas where you go slowly will be more lit then others. Be careful not to linger to much over the same stop — you will burn it.
You can use several colors to make a strong effect or to draw different even imaginary parts of your object. Image by Rodrigo da Cunha.
Location shot — find a location with some ambient light. Also the white balance will be different on ambient and painted — another cool side affect. Environmental Graffiti — If you are shooting a wall or even on thin air… , you can scribe on the wall.
Make funny graffiti; Write huge love notes; Make a political statement — there will be no trace left other then the one on your memory card. Some food for your muse: Udi Tirosh is the Founder and Editor in Chief of DIYPhotography, he is also a photographer, a relentless entrepreneur, a prolific inventor and a dad, not necessarily in that order.
Hi Really enjoyed the light painting video. Have you ever tried fiber optics? They can also have a really cool effect.
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I read your article about the bottle cap tripod, how nifty I would never had thought of that, great tip I will definitely keep the bottle, nuts, bolts and water in the car for that. Dunja Djudjic is a writer and photographer from Novi Sad, Serbia. You can see her work on Flickr , Behance and her Facebook page. John Aldred is based in Scotland and photographs animals in the studio and people in the wild.