Winter is the perfect time for Light Painting. Early sunsets allow for total darkness in the evening. You can do this anywhere in your house or outside in the garden.
Kingston Academy Autumn 2016
1900 - the story of Light Painting begins with Frank & Lillian Gilbreth
Frank and Lillian Gilbreth were pioneers in Motion Study. Working in America at the beginning of the 20th century, they used Light Painting to help them analyse and improve worker efficiency. Small lights were fixed to workers hands and bodies to record movements.
Light Painting is easiest with Dslr & Bridge cameras. If compact cameras have Firework or Night Photo settings then it might be possible, but the exposure times will be very short - usually around 1 second
1. Set camera to Manual and adjust ISO Shutter and Aperture as below 2. Use a tripod or flat surface such as a table 3. Use a torch 4. Frame the shot with the lights on. 5. If using a Dslr pre-focus and then switch off AF on the side of the lens (from AF to M) 6.7. If you are doing the painting yourself set a 10 second self timer to allow you to get into the picture 7. Review the picture and adjust Aperture or ISO to make it lighter or darker. Adjust shutter speed if you need more time
Darkness Tripod or safe flat surface (such as a table) Camera Mode Manual ISO 200 Shutter Speed 10 - 30 seconds Aperture F8 - F16 Self timer 10 secs
Light Trails Lights moving towards the camera or away ?
Painting pictures & words
Physiograms For this exercise you must attach the torch to a string and pin or tie this string to a rail, ceiling or door frame so that the torch hangs straight down to the floor. 1. Set camera to 200 ISO and Manual Mode 2. Set Aperture to F11 or F16 3. Set Shutter speed between 5 seconds and 30 seconds 4. Check that exposure is correct - adjust aperture or shutter speed if necessary to make the torch bright enough 5. Focus and turn off Autofocus on the lens 6. Use a 2 second Self Timer
The camera is placed carefully on the floor. Before doing so you must focus the camera. Standing at the exact height of the torch - focus on a point on the floor where your camera will be placed. Then turn off the Autofocus on the lens. Spin the torch on its string in a wide circle and once it is circling start the self timer. You will need to practise a few times to get this technique right. If you spin the torch too hard the edge of the circle may be outside the frame.