Paintin' the holiday lights fantastic

This is a spin on my holiday lights walk I've done for years. The Milford green is lit up pretty for the holidays with festive lights. Let's play with some light painting technique for some uniquely luminous still lifes. This meetup is free to members and RSVPs open the 18th at 7pm. Held weather permitting.

THERE IS AN AUTO WAITLIST ON THIS MEETUP SO PLEASE UNRSVP IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT.

PLEASE READ THESE NOTES: You will need a tripod, flashlight and camera with manual exposure control. Dress appropriately and don't forget warm shoes and gloves. We'll meet at the store and walk to the gazebo on the green where we'll shoot for about an hour and a half.

TECHNIQUE:

With your tripoded camera you'll want to photograph a smallish area anywhere from about a foot across or smaller. What you are shooting are holiday lights wrapped on tree branches. Your camera should set on manual exposure something like ISO 100, WB on daylight, F22, 15-20 seconds. Consider setting your long exposure noise filters to high. After you trigger your shutter work the flash light along the branches and around the light itself from all directions. Think about bringing tissue paper for diffusing effect and cover the flash head to change up the light quality. Perhaps get some color gels and experiment with color painting. It'll be cool!

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  • Jim C.

    This was a great time with great people thank you

    December 5, 2011

  • Diane M.

    I loved the pictures from everyone! Sorry I missed this event but had a prior commitment. I have yet to get out to shoot lights but you are all a great inspiration!

    December 5, 2011

  • Mark B.

    It was a great meetup! Thanks again to Jesse and Phil. I found shooting at night to be very challenging and have greater respect for those who shoot night shots successfully. Even though my shots did not come out great, it has been a true learning experience. I find the photos posted on the meetup page to be truly inspiring. The fellow meetup members shots are really eye openers. It is wonderful to see how everyone else interprets the subject matter. Sometimes I learn more from mistakes than from shots that just happen effortlessly. I hope to get back out there and apply the new skills that were learned and take some more shots of the Holiday lights ( with more powerful lights)! lol.
    Always a pleasure and I look forward to attending more.

    December 4, 2011

  • Christine Lumbra Y.

    This meetup was so much fun, and I learned a lot. I went right out this weekend and took pics of the tree in Hamden. I think I might visit a different tree each weekend this month. Thanks Jesse!!

    December 4, 2011

  • Jesse T.

    These are the best crop of shots in the 20ish years I've done this event. Thanks for all your posts and comments. You've all set the bar very high for next year!

    December 4, 2011

  • Mike

    Another fun and informative Milford Photo Meetup Photo Shoot. Thanks for organizing this and for ordering the relatively balmy weather (compared to last year).

    December 3, 2011

  • Matt C.

    Good times, and great shots!

    December 2, 2011

  • Donna L. S.

    This was so much fun!!! Learned a lot for Jesse and Phil. And the photo's taken were fantastic. Can't wait to go out and take more photo's on my own.

    December 2, 2011

  • Kathy H.

    Thanks for a great night out! I learned to shoot in a way I had never done before. Great idea and great instruction.

    December 2, 2011

  • Marlene H.

    AMAZING!!! This was my first meet-up and Jesse did an amazing job helping me get some fantastic photos... I can't wait to join more groups in the future!

    December 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanxs Jesse for a fantastic time tonight, It was so nice to see everyone again and got to meet some great new people. All that light was so cool and trippy =) Happy Holidays too all. PS . If anyone would like to get me a Nikon D3s for xmas that would be just fine. =)

    December 1, 2011

  • Ed D.

    Awesome event! Learned a lot about painting with light and it's the perfect season for this. Thanks for an educational and fun event.

    December 1, 2011

  • Marlene H.

    Thanks so much for all your help Jesse!!! I was VERY impressed for my first meet-up! Can't wait to go out again!

    December 1, 2011

  • Beth M.

    Enjoyed learning about the light painting - do I need a 10 foot ladder for Christmas??

    December 1, 2011

  • KAMI

    lots of great shots taken tonight!

    December 1, 2011

  • Jesse T.

    Great night on the green. I look forward to your shots; I know I left a few of you out there. Thanks to Donna for use of her hollywood torch.

    1 · December 1, 2011

  • Greg

    Thanks Gregg, very kind but my fumbling with trying to fix the head killed me for ti me. Happy Holidays.

    December 1, 2011

  • Gregg

    I live close and can get my spare manfrotto head if you want

    December 1, 2011

  • Greg

    acck! me and this meetup are cursed! Tripod head just broke!! grrrr.... gotta change to a no... have fun all.

    December 1, 2011

  • Marlene H.

    Yay!! I'm happy the capacity was increased and I'm no longer on the waiting list! See you tonight!

    December 1, 2011

  • Jesse T.

    outside of the longer tele i'd bring what is in the bag. wider aperture lenses will allow you to bokah the background imagery when needed. note the shot i did of the single blue bulb on the facebook page: pretty wide open to blur the back lights. your zoom you can use for pulling and light painting. jt

    November 30, 2011

  • Darrell H.

    Ed I would bring[masked] to give you ability to drag your zoom. 50 is small and could probably fit in your pocket if you want backup with fast aperture.

    November 30, 2011

  • Ed D.

    Never mind. I see that we will be using slow shutter speeds, iso 100 and a tripod. So any lens will probably be ok.

    November 30, 2011

  • Ed D.

    Jesse, in your opinion which of these lens would be best for this event? Canon[masked]mm f/[masked], Canon 85mm f/1.8' or my very cheap lens 50mm f/1.8.

    November 30, 2011

  • Jesse T.

    Check out sample images i made the other night at Milford Photo's facebook page. JT

    November 29, 2011

  • Jesse T.

    Please note from the event 'spript that RSVPs open NEXT FRIDAY the 18th at 7pm. Thanks, JT

    November 10, 2011

  • Donna L. S.

    How do we get to sign up for this or get on the wait list? Would love to attend and have all the necessary equipment.

    November 10, 2011

  • Dena

    RSVP's are closed already?!

    November 9, 2011

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