Playing With My Flashlight…New Light Painting
December 8, 2014 § 14 Comments
I decided to play around with my little Streamlight Stylus flashlight again. I haven’t used it in a while, concentrating more on available light, or most recently my Alien Bee strobes. The cool thing about light painting is the fact that you really never get 2 exposures that are 100% exactly the same. With practice, you can come really close, but usually(never) exact. The cool thing about that is it makes every exposure exciting! Now with Photoshop, you can blend a couple of images together and by masking, you can paint out or in what parts of each exposures you want to show or hide. I did this with the 1st booze and ice cube shot. I included both original images so you can see how I composited the different ice cubes. The 2nd booze shot shows the original cubes, but I added color and a vignette to the background. If you look at most of my booze images on my website, you’ll see more natural colors, but I thought I’d go a little wild here for the fun of it. All of these images were shot on a black background. With the old saws, I added my old barn door that I used on the “horse trainer” shot a couple of weeks ago. With the tennis rackets(maybe they’re badminton rackets…I don’t know for sure :D) I just left it black. The rest of the booze shots and the Christmas bulbs, I painted in some color. My favorite thing about light painting, is the ability to place light anywhere you want it. For instance, you can see instantaneous changes on the rackets which would be really hard to achieve with strobes. On the saw image, that back rusty saw has a beam of light across it. Sure you could set up another light with a small snoot on it, but all I had to do is sweep my flashlight across the area…no set-up, and it took all of a couple of seconds. The ice cubes presented the most difficult, or exciting situation…depending on how you want to view it(I choose exciting) since every little movement can make dramatic changes since there are so many curves, dents, ridges, etc. on each cube. You do wind up with some specular highlights, that I find annoying, so I just remove them in Photoshop. Anyhow, I thought I’d share my latest light paintings with you…hope you enjoy them.