So I have begun learning light painting photography.
I began to look into this topic and began my search with YouTube. I came across the following video which gives a demonstration of actually light painting and then talks about some of the tools you will need. I found it a great starting point and that it was pretty useful resource.
After watching the video, I started gathering tools that I will need.
Camera – I have both a point and shoot camera and a DSLR camera already. I am going to use the DSLR camera for this project for the following reasons:
- I believe it is an awesome camera.
- I think the quality of the DSLR is higher than my point and shoot camera, although they are both Nikon.
- I need more practice using my DLSR.
I then needed some flashlights. Dollarama is an awesome place! I hope to experiment with many different types of light sources!
- I bought a flashlight.
- As I wondered around I found some light sticks (glow sticks).
- I also found some cool mini finger light things.
- While at Dollarama, I also bought some candy – because I couldn’t pass up chocolate!
As for the tripod, well I consider myself kind of too cheap to go out and spend $30 minimum on a tripod. So I will make do with using securely stable flat surfaces that I can place my camera on. Who knows, I may invest in a tripod in the near future, if the flat surfaces restrict my learning and results. For now, the table, dresser and hot-tub (closed of course) that is not being used will make good stable surfaces!
Then I decided to test it out and to try and take a photo. I knew the following things and attempted to create a photo:
- The camera needed to be set to M for manual.
- Then, according to the video, I had to change the shutter speed to bulb, however I decided to set it to 15 seconds. This would allow for me to have 15 seconds to paint within, otherwise I would manually have to close the shutter.
- Since I don’t have a remote, I set the self timer to 10 seconds so that I would have enough time to get in position.
- When the timer went off, I simply moved around my flashlight, not really having any purpose but to just see if anything would turn out.
This is what I came up with! (I think it is pretty cool and totally random).
I am Looking forward to producing some cool photos and learning technique!