Painting with Light Photography

  • February 1, 2014 · 7:00 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 will be shown how 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
A shutter release
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. 

A lens with manual and auto focus is ideal so you can lock the focus once 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 should 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.  

Some post-processing of your images may be required in order to balance extreme contrast ranges, otherwise, all lighting effects are produced in-camera. 

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 between shots so we don't lose time and you don't miss shots!

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  • Mario Fernández P.

    Hi Guys, thank you every one for coming along yesterday I hope you took some cool pictures and that you got inspired and encouraged to build and try yourselves.

    As promised, find below my humble step by step tutorial on how to build the gear. You can also find there a list of materials required:

    LIGHT ORBS: http://mariophotographez.wordpr...­

    RGB LED RAILS:
    http://mariophotographez.wordpr...­

    As an alternative, if anyone does not feel dexterious enough to build the gear, feel free to contact me on my mail [masked] and we will talk about it.

    Thanks again and hope to see you all in oncoming meetups! Keep shooting!!!! Keep shooting! Keep shooting! hehe

    Regards

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Insightful meetup and friendly tutors. Good stuff!

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to share a solution for wet situations: the 'optech rainsleeve'. If you google it, you can find an instruction video. You can buy it here: http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-optech-rainsleeve/p1017072

    February 2, 2014

  • Lujain

    Hey what is a freezer bag ? And where do I get it from ?

    February 1, 2014

    • Dion H.

      Freezer bags are medium sized clear plastic bags. They are available in shops such as Tescos, Sainsburys, etc. The advantage of a "freezer bag" is that it is clear so you can still see your camera buttons and settings, but any plastic bag with a hole cut in it for the lens will do the job of keeping off the rain.

      February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think the 'optech rainsleeve' is a better option; you can buy two for just 6 pounds: http://www.wexphotogr...­

      February 2, 2014

  • Lujain

    February 1, 2014

  • Susan C.

    Great fun and very organized group.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Kim

    I'd be interested in seeing photographs of the orb tools you make, have a good evening.

    February 1, 2014

  • Doucet É.

    Hi everyone,

    Could you explain me what is the handy tip you recommend to keep the camera dried?
    My english is not fluent, I am not sure to understand.
    Thank you
    Emilie

    February 1, 2014

    • Dion H.

      Hi Doucet. See above reply to Lujain (and Google "freezer bag" for example images.

      February 1, 2014

  • Lujain

    Sorry guys I just realized that every time I press the return button from my phone, a message was sent out ..

    February 1, 2014

  • Lujain

    Hey

    February 1, 2014

  • Lujain

    Hey

    February 1, 2014

  • Lujain

    Hi, I dont have a cable shutter release, how how i take the photos if i join, would it be ok to just press on the click button myself? Where will the meeting be held?
    Im new to UK.. and should come from Brighton ..
    Iv only been here for a month now.

    January 31, 2014

    • Mario Fernández P.

      I am afraid that holding the button yourself is not possible (recommended) as your shots will get totally ruined. Sorry about that.

      1 · January 31, 2014

    • Alex L.

      Yep it generally results in blurry shots because of camera shake. I've tried :o)

      February 1, 2014

  • Rish

    Hi

    I have a nikon d5100 and the following shutter cable:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00C0K43EW/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?qid=1391177402&sr=8-7&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

    Is this ok?

    January 31, 2014

    • Rish

      sorry wrong link, its this one http://www.amazon.co....­

      January 31, 2014

    • Dion H.

      That one looks fine. :-)

      1 · January 31, 2014

  • Dion H.

    Greetings all. Just an update to say we're keeping an eye on the forecast for tomorrow (looks decent, maybe an early sprinkle) but I'd like to remind you all to dress and prepare for rain just in case of a random shower. Bring your lens hoods if you have them and a handy inexpensive tip to keep your camera dry (if needed) is to place your camera in a plastic freezer bag with a hole cut in it for the lens. Works a treat! Catch you all tomorrow.

    January 31, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Is a manual shutter release imperative only have digital should I then buy one ?

    January 24, 2014

    • Dion H.

      Hi Steve. Sorry I missed your question until now. You need a CABLE shutter release. It doesn't matter if it is manual (that you depress) or digital (with a timer). Hope that answers your question. If not, please clarify which shutter release you have.

      1 · January 31, 2014

  • Timm B.

    Just to much work on, would have loved to go

    January 31, 2014

  • Mario Fernández P.

    As long as you can program exposures of more than 30 seconds and that you can lift up the mirror prior taking the shot (check your camera options to verify this) to avoid shaking while pressing the button, you are fine.

    Thanks

    2 · January 30, 2014

  • Kim

    Wouldn't the built in self timer on a camera suffice?

    January 30, 2014

  • Mario Fernández P.

    Hi Steve, The shutter is strongly recommended. We are going to be taking exposures of around 45 seconds. Without shutter release you only would be able to take 30 seconds exposures and hence your settings would need to be different as everyone else's. Therefore I recommend you buy one, they can be found cheap on eBay.

    What is really imperative is the tripod.

    I hope this helps.

    Thanks.

    2 · January 24, 2014

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