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This is part of our indoor winter program and the third and last part of the Introduction to night photography series, which focuses on light painting and drawing.
This is an advanced lecture about adding artificial light to night photos through a number of techniques, about 90 minutes long. It is recommended that you attend the "Introduction to night photography" lecture or have at least some experience with light painting.
This is both a lecture for advanced camera settings, but we will also emphasize demonstrating our light painting tools and showing you how they look in photos, as well as how to make them or where to buy them. If you believe you have some unique self-made or commercial light tools, bring them for all to see!
There are three different activities, collectively often referred to as "light painting". I like to differentiate the following:
• Light painting: you don't see the actual light source. Think of it as using a paint brush of light to illuminate existing surfaces. You emphasize the objects.
• Light drawing: this is where you point the light at the camera and draw up shapes and figures. You create new objects, background may be secondary or complementary.
• Light writing: the same as drawing, except that you write actual words or do light calligraphy. Very specialized and quite difficult to do well, we will not go much into this. You create messages, the background becomes secondary.
Here is a rough outline of what will be covered:
• Basic settings: what's different from regular NPy?
- adding light to fill in dark shadows (equalize)
- adding light as a major (and visible) component (emphasize)
• Light sources for light painting:
- flashlights: LED, incandescent, light colors
- light gadgets: trip to the toy store, anyone?
• Light modifiers: reflectors, snoots, baffles, gel filters and paint brushes
• What makes an object look interesting? Hint: it's shadows!
• The basic concepts:
• How to
• Light Painting: how to convert a flashlight into a paint brush
• Light Drawing: unleash your arteestic side
• Light Writing: calligraphy, anyone?
• The three secrets to becoming a master in this.
We will go into much detail and show the actual light painting tools for many of the shown examples. You can see and try them after the talk.