POST-A-PHOTO: “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL”

It seems 2014 will be a very creative year! Let’s keep our minds and our eyes very open…

“AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” – SIMÓN LÓPEZ

“This time we were trying to portray the hard life Middle Ages. Wether you were a noble man or a simple farmer from the people, everything could change very fast, and you could go from a wealthy princess to someone condemned to public execution  in a heartbeat.
The result wasn’t exactly what we were waiting, but we still we like it and wanted to share it with you.

Light painting by Simon Lopez

Justice for all“, Simón López

Here is some more information about the photos:

  • Single exposure
  • Camera: Nikon D7000
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Focal lenght: 11mm>
  • Shutter speed: 720.7 s
  • Temperature: 4170 K
For the lights we used:

  • Led Lenser v 24, for the blue on the Arches
  • Led Lenser P7, as fill light and for the skulls
  • Minimaglite, for the models and for the wall
  • Sparkle Stick, for the fire on the wall

Models: Ebe Garcia, Patricia Vilar and Ana Prego”

– Simón López – 
= = =
Advertisements

INTERVIEW: JANNE PARVIAINEN

I am today very happy to tell you, that we have for you an interview with a really super Light Painter: Janne Parviainen. Janne has a very unique style. His photos tell whole stories full of mystery and can take you to some dream world very far way.
Janne Parviainen Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about you?
I am Janne Parviainen, from Helsinki Finland. I have graduated from an art school in 2003 and been doing art full time ever since. Now I teach art and photography in various schools in the Helsinki region couple of times a week and otherwise work on my own projects. I do paintings in which I paint on old windows using mixed media that involves oil color, metal leaves and graffiti permanent markers. Most of my nights I spend on my favorite work, doing light paintings.

Light Painting by Janne Parviainen

Days of our Lives“, by Janne Parviainen

2. It seems that we all take a different path into finding our passion for photography?
My father was a very active photographer when I was a kid so photography has always been very familiar to me. I started taking photos myself in the age of ten when I got my fathers old camera to share with my two brothers. I remember making some light painting photos with my older brother when I was twelve but I really got hooked into the art from years later. I found light painting again around six years ago when I had forgotten the long exposure on from my Ixus 40 while walking home at night. The street lights had drawn wonderful light trails into the photo I had accidentally taken and I got really excited about them and started immediately testing otherways to experiment with light and long exposure photography. After that I have totally fallen in love with the light painting medium.

3. What gear do you use?

Continue reading

Post-a-Photo: Robert Wiggers

And (maybe) for our last post of the year, we have another interesting Post-a-Photo, this time with photographer Robert Wiggers.

“I like photography for some years now. I always shot with a point-and-shoot or with my phone but never realy had the chance to take on bigger things and try stuff out. But almost a year ago I had the chance to get a Canon 6D. Fast foward a year: Im hooked. Hooked on photography in general, finding new subjects, getting that impossible shot, trying new stuff and since lately: Light Painting. I just love it!
It started simple and easy with just a few little torches. But having xmas around the corner, I bought myself several different led sets and tried some stuff. It started with putting my daughter on a Merry-go-round (shooting her with a Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass) and trying to swing led’s above a Lensbaby Fisheye.

Light Painting by Robbert Wiggers

Merry-go-round, by Robert Wiggers

After that I invited some friends and finally had the oportunity to try some stuff with steel wool. And now Im completely hooked. I just love the fact I can create a shower of fire in front of my lens.

Light Painting, by Robert Wiggers

Shower of Fire, by Robert Wiggers

Continue reading

Interchangeable Stencil Box

Have you ever heard about Stencils before?

There are some amazing artists, like Banksi, that create really sharp and smart art by using this technic. Why shouldn’t we also add it to our Light Photography tools and have some fun with it?

What is it?

Well, Stencil is a material into which you cut some letters or a design, so you can reproduce it on another surface. Normally you do it by applying a pigment, but you can also do it by shinning a light source through it.

Why should we use it?

This technic allows us to have a great amount of detail, like sharp letters, and to be able to quickly reproduce it. Imagine you want to have your logo or watermark on your photos. Instead of adding it in post-processing, with Stencils you can add it directly in the photo. Or maybe you want to add 20 Stars to your photo. From now on, you will have no more problems with that…

Applying the Stencil concept to Light Painting isn’t hard! It needs a little bit of preparation (hopefully this tutorial will help you with that) and some practice, but you’ll get some great results in no time.

The easiest way to do it is by buying (or building yourself – check below!) a Stencil Light Box, with a slot for interchangeable designs, if possible.

And that’s what I’ll now show you how to build.

LIGHTS FROM DREAMS’ INTERCHANGEABLE STENCIL BOX

Before you can start, you need to make sure that you have all you’ll need:

  • big piece of cardboard;
  • Utility knife;
  • Ruler;
  • Alufolie;
  • Glue and duck tape;
  • About 1 hour! =)
photo of interchangeable Stencil Box - Materials

Interchangeable Stencil Box – Materials

The idea behind it is to build a Light Box with a slot so we can use it with different designs. At one end you want to have your Light Source (we will use our speedlight flash gun) and on the other end you want a flat piece of light material that will work as your Light Output (we will use a A4 white piece of paper). After the Light Output we will create a slot where we can slide different designs to use with our Stencil Box.

Let’s get to it!

Continue reading

TUTORIAL: PHOTO STACKING FOR LIGHT PAINTERS

Photo Stacking is a post-processing technic, which allows us to blend several shots together. It has some advantages, some disadvantages, it is seen by many photographers as a way to “cheat” your photos, but it can also be useful! …and creative!

When can it be useful?
Imagine that you want to do a lot of light painting – lets say you need a couple of minutes to do all your stuff – on a place with some ambient light. If you shoot it with a long exposure maybe you will get a blown-out photo from all that ambient light coming through your lens and if you shoot a shorter exposure maybe you won’t have time for all your light painting.
You can try to fiddle with your camera settings – and I advise you to – and maybe you will be able to find a good compromise, which will allow you to keep the ambient light dim while still having time for your Light Painting. This would be maybe the best solution. But, still, sometimes it doesn’t work, so Photo Stacking is a very useful technic to know!

How do you go about doing it?
The easiest way is to think in layers. Imagine that want to take a photo on a street with 4 Ball of Light. You will have 5 layers:

  • – ambient / background exposure;
  • – ball of light #1
  • – ball of light #2
  • – ball of light #3
  • – ball of light #4

Then you just need to go to the computer and blend them all together. And to explain you that part I thought it would be better to use an example.

The other day I went out with my friend Thomas to the forest to take some photos. For some creative reasons we decided to use photo stacking to make this photo:

Light Painting Photo by Luis Pato and Thomas Lange

Ghost, by Luis Pato and Thomas Lange

Lets see how we did it.

We discussed the idea and planned it out in layers like this: Continue reading

INTERVIEW: HANNU HUHTAMO

This week i was lucky enough to get to interview one of my favorite Light Painters: Hannu Huhtamo. Hannu is a highly creative Light Painter with a very unique and interesting style. Over the years he has developed a whole set of skills that allow him to produce some very atmospherical and meaningful images.

Banner for the Interview with Hannu Hahtamo

1. Can you tell us a little bit about you?
I’m an Helsinki based photographer and musician.

2. How did you get started with Photography, especially Light Painting Photography?
Actually it all started from long exposure experiments. My good friend Janne Parviainen, who is also a maniac Light Painter, showed me some of his Light Drawings and I was immediately blown away about the whole concept. It was something more than photography, the use of Light as a pencil gave me so much ideas that I had to buy my first DSLR right away. Although Janne did his first light paintings with a small compact camera and you wouldn’t believe how awesome things he could draw in 15 seconds.

Light Painting by Hannu Huhtamo

True you, by Hannu Huhtamo

Continue reading