Based on March’s TEN Design Duo’s video tutorial here’s a brief summary of photographer Eric Pare’s tips and recommendations to get you started in the form of light painting photography.
It’s best to do light painting in a studio or a room where you can achieve darkness where there’s no light leaking in through the windows.
Eric uses 3 cameras to achieve his photo (to achieve better angles) but don’t let that put you off. Light painting is a completely accessible photography form and can be done using just the one camera.
For light painting you want to be able to monitor the duration of exposure time. Eric recommends using a bulb mode and a remote trigger to achieve this as sometimes you’ll want to go faster, or slower – experiment to see the difference. For the lens, Eric suggests doing your focus first, and then putting it in manual mode to ensure there’s no lag on the focus (as in the dark it won’t be able to focus anyway).
Eric shoots his light painting photographs always in the RAW mode, as you’ll achieve better details of the highlights and shadows as well as deeper sense of the colours with the white balance.
You can change the entire mood of the shot by switching from shooting in the daylight to sliding into the blues depending on what you wish for your outcome shot to project. And again, as Eric constantly is reminding us, experiment – it’s the only way to find out what you think works best.
If you are shooting a model you really have to work with them to ensure they do not move. Movement can result in a blurry shot, which in this instance, you don’t want.
As discussed in our previous post on light painting you will need a source of light and that can found anywhere whether it’s from a torch/flashlight to even the screen of your mobile phone. With a torch if it’s possible you can even switch it to strobe effect to give stripes rather than a continuous stream of light.
Eric’s art is very much based on discovery and trying new things. He for examples wraps a metallic sheet around the model to get different colours and reflections projecting of her.
In terms if he post-production Eric keeps it simple but adjusting the white balance subtlety and cleaning up the layers.
And that’s light painting. One of the simplest, yet most effective photographic forms there is!
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For more from Eric check out his awesome website: http://ericpare.com