Painting with Light
Assignment: LIGHT-PAINTING PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE
The appeal of light-painting is you never know exactly how your image is going to look -and every image you create is one-of-a-kind. What is a the light-painting technique? Simply, a light-painting is an image made with a handheld, constant light source, like a flashlight, in a dark room or environment. The camera’s sensor captures only what you choose to illuminate. Light-painting images can range from relatively simple to fairly complicated. Amazing photos can be created indoors with nothing more than a still life subject, a tabletop to put it on, and a small LED penlight to light it. WHAT TO DO Step 1: Read the Dave Black Light-Painting article
Step 2: Watch the Light-Painting Tutorial Video (embedded below). Step 3: Shoot amazing photos using the "DAVE BLACK" light-painting technique.
TIPS FOR YOUR SHOOT
What you’ll need. A tripod, flashlight(s), camera set on manual mode, lens on manual mode & some interesting looking objects that you want to photograph.
1. Go into a room that you can make almost completely dark (or go outside at night –but, if you go outside,
it must be in an area that is not illuminated by any other light source. It has to be really dark!)
2. Put the camera on a tripod. 3. Put your camera on Manual exposure. 4. For exposure, try: f/8 or f/11, shutter on 15 or 20 or 30 seconds, ISO 100 or 200…
(These exposure settings are an estimate. Your exposure will vary. You want to give yourself enough time
to paint your object, but not too much time so that available light “contaminates” your photo. 5. Put the camera on self-timer so you can be ready to paint with the flashlight when the shutter opens.
6. Put the lens on Manual focus! Focus the lens on the subject BEFORE you turn off the lights.
7. Turn off the lights, open the shutter and use your flashlight to “paint” an object with light.
Experiment with different amounts of light on different areas of your subject.
Look at the slideshow examples for examples of “Dave Black” style light painting. WHAT TO SUBMIT •Shoot a minimum of 20 images. •Turn in 2 images of DIFFERENT SUBJECTS using the "Dave Black" style of light painting.
•Submit a screengrab of your 20 images on a proofsheet.