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Painting with Light Photography

  • Oct 26, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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This light painting workshop covers the basic elements required to creatively utilise different light sources to produce a variety of interesting effects.

You will learn how to construct basic orb lights and light rails, be instructed on the proper technique to use them, and you will have multiple attempts to experiment with different colours for orbs and rails.  It is anticipated that this workshop will run for 2.5 - 3 hours.

This is a hands-on workshop, members are expected to use the lights to produce the majority of the photographs in this session.  Organisers are there in an instructional capacity to direct members on what they need to do.

Required Equipment

A camera with bulb function
A wired shutter release with bulb lock
A tripod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the requirements to have a minimum of 45 seconds shutter speed to coordinate the entire group for each shot, and to eliminate the possibility of interference, you need a shutter release cable for this session.  Remote controls can interfere with each other so we prefer wired if you have one, custom firmware, and built-in timers are not an acceptable substitute.  If you fail to bring one, you can lose pictures.

A lens with manual and auto focus is ideal so you can lock the focus one fixed.

Please ensure your battery is fully charged.  We advise bringing a spare if possible as long exposures and the cold can eat battery life.

Skill level

This course requires basic camera knowledge and competence in it's operation.

You must know how:

  • set to manual mode and bulb mode
  • set ISO and White Balance
  • use a cabled shutter release, including setup
  • to manually focus

All of these setting are in your manual so if you are unsure refer to the manual and bring it with you if needed.  We will be looking at these in the talk before the session starts so if you're unsure please bring your camera manual with you.

Some post-processing of your images may be required in order to balance extreme contrast ranges, otherwise, all lighting effects are produced in-camera.  Therefore it would be an advantage if you are able shoot in RAW format.

Bring a warm coat as it may get cold.

Organisers will provide all lights and flashguns and any other accessories to be used.

NB Please read all requirements.  We know you have a self timer but lengths of timing will exceed self timers and so will not work as required.

Changing lenses needs to be done in beteen shots as we can't wait for everyone to change lenses at different times.

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  • Mario Fernández P.

    Hi everyone, thank you all for coming by tonight. I hope you all had a good time. I encourage you to get hands on and try build your own light painting gear. It is affordable and not too complicated to build. The results you can get well worth the effort. As promised, here I want to share with you all two of my blog entries that will help you getting all the bits and pieces you need and assembling them together. LIGHT ORBS:
    http://mariophotographez.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/diy-your-own-light-painting-gear-for-creating-light-orbs/

    LED RAILS:
    http://mariophotographez.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/more-diy-stuff-rgb-led-rails-for-light-painting/

    See you in incoming meetups!
    Best´

    2 · October 27, 2013

    • charmaine m.

      Thank you for the blogs, very helpful! Loved the lesson, learnt a great new skill.

      October 29, 2013

    • Ian H.

      Had a fantastic evening, learned so much and very eager to try some more :-)

      November 1, 2013

  • Mario Fernández P.

    If someone is interested in having their kit built, feel free to contact me through my blog for more information.

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • charmaine m.

    It was a really great event, lovely people, great helpers! Saved me with their spare tripod! Loved it! :)

    October 29, 2013

  • Ian H.

    Excellent workshop. Really enjoyed it and learned so much. Great to meet everyone. Haven't edited my shots yet but will post when done. Some great shots I see though from Adrian and Michael :-)

    3 · October 28, 2013

  • adrian g.

    really loved the whole experience and so thank you all!
    my shots here:
    http://flic.kr/s/aHsjLtL7oG

    October 28, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Excellent from start to finish, most enjoyable eveningand thanks to all involved.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Michael P.

    I've just uploaded my set of images (they've had a little post production, but nothing major) to FlickR. If you're interested in taking a look, here's the link you'll need: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloudwalker_3/sets/72157637002133565

    Sorry about the watermarks, but image theft is so bloody rampant on the web these days, I never upload and post anything, anywhere, without one now.

    2 · October 27, 2013

    • Martincphotos

      Pity about your need for such a bit watermark though as that really detracts from the photography

      October 27, 2013

    • Michael P.

      True it does detract, but then I'd rather use that than have the images ripped off.There was a Photoshelter report a couple of years ago which said a large translucent watermark was one of the least offensive to picture editors, hence why mine is the way it is.

      October 27, 2013

  • Anita K.

    great workshop, have some great photos and ideas to try out

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup - thanks everyone! I'm going to try and build an LED rail and experiment.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Brilliant stuff. Very inspirational stuff. I learned a lot from the other guys (having never done anything like this before) and had a lot of fun.

    October 27, 2013

  • Augustine A.

    That was an amazing experience... learned something new... Thanks a lot ... Nice to meet u all...hope to see you soon.

    October 27, 2013

  • John

    Was such a cool meetup, group members were really friendly and gave great advice too. It was so creative and every shot came out incredibly well. One of the funnest sessions so far, top marks for sure and definitely looking forward to the next one :-)

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Rajan

    That was an amazing experience... learned something new... Thanks a lot ... Nice to meet u all...

    October 26, 2013

  • Dion H.

    Re lenses: Hi Ian and Paul, we set up the shots so they're accessible to everyone so a standard kit lens is fine (ie 18-55mm etc ). Personally, I've never used greater than that range so bringing anything above that is likely a waste of effort. In general, wider the better but no need for anything beyond general kit lens. Catch you this evening!

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Paul A.

    I too would like to know which lens would be suitable in 35mm terms thanks.

    October 26, 2013

  • Ian H.

    Would a 17-70mm suffice this evening or should I bring[masked]mm also? Looking to travel as light as possible :-)

    October 26, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Just checked the weather and it looks pretty good. It says partly cloudy between 6pm and 7pm and cloudy from 8pm onwards. Proper showers aren't forecast until 1am although there's a 19% chance of rain at 8pm which climbs to 51% by 1am. Hope that's helpful.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I know this one is fully booked, is it possible to go on the reserve list in case of cancellations? Thanks!

    October 22, 2013

    • charmaine m.

      Hey christine, met you at the black & white photography event! see you on sat! :)

      October 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, great - see you there then.

      October 23, 2013

  • Nik

    Hi Alex, would you know what time we plan to finish. Or would it be an all night workshop like the ones we've had before? Thanks.

    October 23, 2013

  • adrian g.

    very much looking forward to this :)

    October 16, 2013

  • Michael P.

    PayPal transaction ID: 9W508775YN726642X.

    I've never done anything like this before, but hopefully it should an interesting experience < he said slightly nervously >

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, thought I might have missed this for a moment. Looking forward to meeting everyone and taking some stunning pics!

    October 13, 2013

  • Ian H.

    Really looking forward to this :-)

    October 9, 2013

  • charmaine m.

    Super excited!! finally going to a painting with light event! going to buy my sutter release cable.
    :)

    October 8, 2013

  • Dave E.

    Just the experimenting I would like to try but I am picking up friends from airport to stay with us.
    Hopefully it will run again.

    October 8, 2013

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