Long exposures and painting with light (day 4)

I normally only take pictures using available light, avoid flash when I can and have little experiences setting up lighting. Today I thought it would be fun to challenge that and take a shot at lighting a scene. Since I do not own any lighting equipment other then the flash on my camera, I decided to play around with long exposures and “painting” on light using flashlights.

I wanted to take a photo of my girlfriend’s Buddha statue but as you can see it looks quite dull when I use the camera flash to light it.

To try out some more interesting lighting setups I used small flashlights to apply lighting over time using exposure times of 30-60 seconds. I used both LED and incandescent flashlights and sometimes I mixed them to try out the different possibilities.

I used cardboard and aluminum foil to avoid light leaks that would light up other parts of the scene but also to center the wide light beams from the flashlights. As you can see from the pictures there were some light leaks but they actually added a really interesting effect.

This was shot using two small LED lights (normally used as bicycle lights).

This one was shot using only the small white LED light.

This was the shot I liked the most. The incandescent flashlight was used for this one and I think it gave a really interesting result.

I normally only take pictures using available light, avoid flash when I can and have little experiences setting up lighting. Today I thought it would be fun to challenge that and take a shot at lighting a scene. Since I do not own other lighting equipment then the flash on my camera, I decided to play around with long exposures and “painting” on light using flashlights.

 

The wanted to take a nice photo of my girlfriend’s Buddha statue but as you can see it looks quite dull when I use the camera flash to light it.

 

<a href=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-3-of-4.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-56″ title=”Buddha flash” src=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-3-of-4.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”350″ height=”234″ /></a>

 

To try out some more interesting lighting setups I used small flashlights to apply lighting over time using exposure times of 30-60 seconds. I used both LED and incandescent flashlights and sometimes I mixed them to try out the different possibilities.

 

<a href=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-1-of-1.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-57″ title=”Setup” src=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-1-of-1.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”350″ height=”523″ /></a>

 

I used cardboard and aluminum foil to avoid light leaks that would light up other parts of the scene beside the Buddha statue and also to center the wide light beams from the flashlights. As you can see from the pictures there were some light leaks but they actually added a really interesting effect.

 

<a href=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-1-of-4.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-58″ title=”Buddha lightning” src=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-1-of-4.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”350″ height=”234″ /></a>

 

This was shot using two small LED lights (normally used for bicycle lights).

 

<a href=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-1-of-1-2.jpg”><a href=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-1-of-1-3.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-61″ title=”White lightning small” src=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-1-of-1-3.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”350″ height=”234″ /></a>

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This one was shot using only the small white LED light.

 

<a href=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-4-of-4.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-59″ title=”SONY DSC” src=”https://applyfilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/painting-with-light-4-of-4.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”350″ height=”234″ /></a>

 

This was the shot I liked the most. The incandescent flashlight was used for this one and I think it gave a really interesting result.

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