Light Painting to Create Extraordinary Shots
Photography is so amazing because as artists, we are able to utilize light to take ordinary objects and make incredible set ups. At a light painting workshop and fashion photoshoot I had the opportunity to use light painting to focus on certain objects in my camera frame and make it into something totally different and amazing. I love this little vintage camera, so I decided to use a newly learned technique of light painting to create focus points in my photo. For a set up, the lights were completely turned off so that my shutter and ISO could remain in a normal range–reducing the amount of noise in the image. I also turned my shutter speed between 5-8 seconds to give me time to light paint. With an LED light and stylus light, I shone the light on the front of the IKOFLEX camera and tried to emulate how light would behave. In post, I lightened the shadows, slightly increased my exposure, and sharpened my image.
For this next photo I had a happy accident happen. While light painting the ball and glove, I shone the stylus light toward the camera–creating a light trail. Initially I wasn’t very fond of it, but the more I looked at it, the light trail looked like the ball had streaked right into the mitt, so I just ran with it. In post I desaturated the reds and yellows, dodged and burned, and sharpened the overall image.
And for my last image I decided to light paint this old war helmet. I love the textures it had, so I light painted both sides to give it form while still leaving shadows for contrast. In post I dodged and burned the highlights/shadows, added some color balance, and sharpened the image. I hope you enjoy!