There are just about 2 weeks left to get your entires in for the Oviedo Grand Light Painting Contest for 2017! This is a global light painting contest and everyone is welcome to enter! This Light Painting contest is in conjunction with LPWA and the City of Oviedo, Spain. Click the link below for all the contest info including how to enter.
Light Painting Photographer Mart Barras creates some mind blowing images and one of the techniques he frequently utilizes in his light painting work is the Lens Cap Technique. If you are not familiar with what Lens Capping is, basically you are covering your lens with something while the exposure is still running so that you can move the camera or otherwise change the scene without the camera recording any unwanted lights.
One of the problems with lens capping is that you either need to cap the lens yourself by walking back to camera or you need to have an assistant do it for you. If you don’t have an assistant and you are shooting an image where its difficult to back to camera, especially in the dark, then this can become a major challenge to creating the image you envision.
Mart has come us with a simple yet genius solution that he calls the Gimpomatic 2000! Mart says it’s a work in progress and he hopes to revise it to make it better as the idea progresses. He is also happy to see how other light painters will modify it and use it in their own different ways. The Gimpomatic 2000 is basically a remote Pan head mounted to a light stand (or tripod) and a 3D Printed Black Flag, simple and genius! Check out the images and video below of this innovative contraption and a the bottom of the page is a full list of the parts you need to make your own! Make sure to throw Mart a thank you and tag him in your images if you use this technique so he can check them out! Thank you Mart for sharing your ingenuity! Check out more of Mart’s incredible light painting work on his Facebook and Instagram too!
Here is a list of the 3 parts needed to create the Gimpomatic 2000.
1. Remote Pan Head
3. 3D printed flag, probably best to paint this even if you print in with black material.
Best print in PLA and print with the face with the hole down on the bed, no supports needed. Weight of this part 98-99 grams
You can have this file printed for a few bucks at any place that has a 3D printer in your town if you don’t have one yourself. You could also make a similar flag out of cardboard and glue if you do not have access to a 3D printer, but it obviously won’t be as cool.
And the winner for the Eric Paré and Kim Henry style TUBE Light Painting Contest is Brian Rodriguez for this simply beautiful image that he created in the Valley of Fire just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada! Here is how Brian created his winning light painting!
“So for this shoot, the model and I drove 1 hour outside of Las Vegas to Valley of Fire. It was our first time working together and I had plenty of time during the drive to let her know what we wete going for. Despite getting there after sunset (women and their makeup/hairdos) and exploring in the dark while having bats fly in and out of our nearby view, we found a promising spot that combined the moon. Our first angle was not the one you see in the picture, it was more from a sideways view. The exposure didn’t take many tries to achieve correctly, the challenge was the fact that we were on an incline (at this time we also had clear skies).
I kept coming out accidentally in some pictures, or my model kept losing balance one way or another due to the slope of the hill. Not only that, but I had to squat down behind her as I raised my arm high enough due the light circle which, I learned, is quite challenging and uncomfortable also due to the slope. As the night progressed, we changed angles to the one you see from my entry.
The funny thing about our winning shot was that it was very improvised. We saw a storm approaching, with lightning visible a few miles away and I told my model “lets get a handful of good shots in before this storm kicks us out” (mind you, a storm in Valley of Fire can easily cause a mud slide). Clouds started soaring in. Because our backs were towards the sky, the moon and the clouds, we did not know we had such explosive clouds above us as we took this picture. After we took the shots, we picked everything up and rushed to my car before we could get stranded by the storm. I proceeded to speed out. It wasn’t until 1 hour later where I reviewed the pictures and saw this shot was gold!”
600 lumens zoomable flashlight inside a T12 tube with parchment paper.
14mm f2.8 Rokinon lens
Check out more of Brian’s beautiful light painting work on his Instagram account HERE! For this winning image Brian will receive a pize package filled with illuminating tools from our sponsors below. For your chance to win click here to see the next Light Painting Contest Theme and how to enter.
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This could be an interesting light for Light Painting. Spekular is an innovative new lighting system from Spiffy Gear. This system tags itself as “The Only Light You Need”. This is not specifically for light painting, Spekular is geared more toward the traditional photo and video maker market however I can think of a few ways this could be utilized in the world of Light Painting. My first thought was as a tool for long exposure portrait images. Holding the light bars in a line you could “Scan” your model creating an balanced and even light over your entire model in one pass of the light to ensure a sharp image. This system also can create some interesting shapes with the way the light bars attach together, and I really like the catch light they can create hmmmm……
As far a light painting tools go this one is on the pricy side, however if you’re a light painter who also does commercial photo and video work this versatile lighting system is interesting and definitely worth checking out, more right here.
Here is a new video tutorial from Jason Rinehart showing how to create his signature Spirals. This is a pretty easy technique that creates a really cool result, just don’t do it on the side of a cliff because your gonna get dizzy… If you give it a try make sure to tag Jason @hartlight so he can see check out your images! Enjoy.