Light Painting…Using a Flashlight
February 27, 2012 § 4 Comments
Most of the time, I light my still life images with a very soft light, diffused through a large silk. I’ve blogged about this in the past if anyone is interested. While that’s the usual way I light still life subjects, I love experimenting and trying out new techniques. I’ve done light painting using a flashlight in the past, this is the first time I tried it on still life objects. Here’s how I did these shots. The baseball image, and the toy truck image were both normal light painting shots. The antique tool shot was a light painted image, but I then took a number of the images and processed them like I would for an HDR image. You have to set your camera on a tripod since you’re shooting at a long shutter speed. For all of these, I shot at 30 seconds, 25 seconds, and 20 seconds. The 30 second time is really great because it gives you more time to do your painting. You literally use your flashlight like a paint brush, “brushing” the light onto the subject. Be careful not to linger on any one area, or you’ll get a bad hotspot…constantly move your flashlight around! Oh yeah, my F-stop was F11. The cool thing about this technique, is that each frame will have differences, some slight, some major…no way to tell if you spent an extra second or two on an area compared to your previous exposure. Because there were differences from frame to frame, I decided to process the antique tool shot as an HDR. As always, I do process all my images, no matter what light source I use, in Photoshop, also using plug-ins such as LucisArt, PhotoTools, and Topaz.
As always, hope you enjoyed this!