Practical Light Orbs and Light Rails

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Price: £30.00 /per person

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The popularity of these sessions has massively exceeded our ability to meet demand due to the particular requirement for night time sessions and the availability of organisers. As a result, eligibility is being restricted, and priority given to members who have previous attendance history at other LPMG events:

1)You must have attended at least 2 previous LPMG meetups before signing up to this one (Guests are no longer permitted)

2)This must be your only light painting workshop. If you have attended a previous light painting event, you are not eligible for this one

3)You must answer all of the questions in your RSVP

Anybody not meeting these conditions will be removed from the attendee list and refunded


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 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.

Skill level

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

1)You must know how to set to manual mode and bulb mode

2)You must know how to set ISO and White Balance

3)You must know how to use a cabled shutter release, including setup

4)You must know how to disable mirror lock-up, image stabilising, and autofocus

5)You must be able 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. Therefore it would be an advantage if you are able shoot in RAW format.

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 must have a wired shutter release cable for this session. Remote controls, custom firmware, and built-in timers are not an acceptable substitute. If you fail to bring one, you WILL lose pictures.

You must be able to disable autofocus.

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

Bring a warm coat as it may get cold.

Organisers will provide all lights and flashguns and any other accessories to be used. Do not bring your own as they will not be used.