I am supposed to be taking a break from blogging for a little bit but this was to inspiring not to share… Gunnar Heilmann a member of the Light Painting Group Aurora Movement has been creating some really cool light painting portraits recently using black fiber optics! He was getting a lot of people asking how the heck are you getting these results so Gunnar was cool enough to make a video tutorial showing us all who to do it! Check out the short video tutorial and some of these awesome images below!
If you are not following the Light Painting Photography of Maria Saggese you are missing out on some incredible and inspiring work. One particular style of Light Painting Maria has become know for her beautiful work with Fiber Optics creating images that are instantly recognizable as her own! I asked Maria if she would share some tips about these awesome works of art and she went far beyond that providing a full tutorial to share! Read on below for the tutorial and if you find it inspiring as I know you will, please make sure to tag #MariaSaggese when posting any images on social media you create using this technique so Maria can see what you are creating!
Light Painting Fiber Optic Tutorial by Maria Saggese
In this tutorial I am going to explain how to create beautiful silhouettes with fiber optic using Light Painting Brushes system. I will explain how I set up my camera and I will share my technique to create double silhouettes in the same frame. I will also share how to obtain an overlapping effect and a double exposure “evanescence” effect all during a single long exposure photograph!
Camera with bulb mode (or Long Exposure)
Tripod Remote or Cable Shutter Release
Fiber Optics + Universal Connector
Torch or Flashlight RGB Flashlight
or LED Flashlight with Colored gels
The tools that I use are the Light Painting Brushes Fiber Optics: There are two versions of the fiber optics a Black & White they both attach to just about any flashlight using the Universal Connector.
To change fiber’s colors I use a Led Lenser P7QC flashlight with 4 colors or the 10 color “Color Shine RGB Flashlight”. You can also customize the color’s fiber by placing some colored gels over any torch you attach to the fiber optics using the Universal Connector.
Set up is simple – just the camera on a tripod focused on the area where my model is.
To focus I turn on the studio lights, focus on the model with the focal length that I am going to use in my picture then I turn off the studio lights. After focusing with the lights on I switch the camera’s focus to manual focus, this will make sure the camera will remain in focus when the lights are off and starting the exposure.
The camera settings that normally I use are:
ISO ranging from 200-400
White Balance: Daylight
After starting the exposure, I go behind the model, I turn on my flashlight moving the tips of fiber with a slight movement to outline the figure as a “cloud” or an aura. Starting from the model’s face I slowly outline all parts of the body all the way down to the feet. The most important thing is not to paint with the fibers behind the same area several times, otherwise you will not have a defined silhouette.
To get more cloudy or smoky effect I increase the speed of painting with fiber even light painting in front of the model as seen in the image below.
How to create double silhouette
During the same exposure, I first create a silhouette using the techniques described above with one color using the fibers, then I turn off my torch. The model has to move to a new position to reflect on the opposite side. I choose a different color (or the same) to create a second silhouette that will overlap with the first one created.
To create my double exposure effect I first create my silhouette and then I turn off my torch. Then without a model in the scene I illuminate the background or, in this case, the bed, to obtain an overlapping and “evanescence” effect during the same exposure.
Settings for this image: 54 Second Exposure, F/13, ISO 400. Created using the Black Fiber Optic.
White or Black Fiber?
Personally I love the white one, because the fiber is completely illuminated and not just the tips, with this I get a more nuanced effect, while the black one has a more contrasted and “Scratched” effect. The result is a little bit different for each tool so you can try both and choose your favorite effect.
Settings for this image: 35 Second Exposure, F/13, ISO 200. Created using the White Fiber Optic.
If you try this technique please share your work on Facebook and Instagram using the hastag #mariasaggese
Light Painting Tutorial, How To Light Paint a Light Man
In this Light Painting Photography tutorial Jason D. Page shows how to create a Light Man, or Woman, using a simple technique and tools from the Light Painting Brushes system. This is a technique that can be done when shooting alone or you can use a model to make it even easier. By simply tracing yourself or your model with light during a long exposure photograph you will leave a illuminated light being imprinted on your film or cameras sensor. An easy technique to help create extraordinary images!
This light painting photography tutorial shows how to create a light painting spirograph or physiograms using tools from the Light Painting Brushes system. Spirograph are complex looking light painting that are really easy to create. This is a great project for people just starting out with light painting, also a excellent project for teachers that are interested in sharing the light painting art form with their students. Spirographs are fun and easy to make.
Become involved in the Light Painting Brushes Movement!
On Instagram @LightPaintingBrushes #LightPaintingBrushes
Noctography – Tutorial 5: Orbs
A basic tutorial on how to make Orbs by Chris Benbow
Camera: Canon EOS 5Dmkii
Lens: Canon 17-40mm
Shutter Release: Hähnel Wired Release
Orb Tool – Christmas Lights from Ebay with a little adaptation.
Shutter Speed: Bulb – 1 minute
More night photography tutorials coming soon.
Did you upgrade your camera to the new 60D from the 40D or the 30D only to find out that the Canon TC-80N3 shutter release that you had purchased no longer works? Well have no fear Light Painting Artist Trevor Williams is here to save your day… check out this tutorial on how to hack that little sucker…. CLICK HERE
This is the first in the 3 part light painting video tutorial series, Light Painting 101. The Light Painting 101 series will cover the three basic light painting photography techniques: On Camera, Off Camera, and Kinetic Light Painting Photography. In this light painting tutorial you will learn what the 3 basic light painting techniques are and what you need to create a light painting photograph. In this particular video I will show you a little about the “On Camera” light painting technique by showing you how to paint an octopus that lives in the woods?
If your like most of us light painting photographers you’ve probably got a bunch of gels laying all over the place, when you go out to shoot you fumble around in the dark trying to find the green only to flash a shot of blue into your image, well this is another super simple light painting photography tip/tutorial that will solve your problems. I didn’t come up with this gel holder I totally stole the idea from seeing pictures of other peoples light painting photography tool kits I think it was either TCB’s or Trevor’s. Anyway thought I would share the tip I robbed, enjoy…CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL