The talented students on week one of my Hudson River Photography Workshop are getting some great shots – from dawn to dark. I'll be posting more photographs here in a few days, but for now, I wanted to share with you an image that was certainly a group effort.
After one of our group dinners, several of the photographers dropped by my studio to do some painting with light photography.
The opening image for this post is the painting with light image. Info:
Camera on a tripod
Subject held almost perfectly still
The basic technique: Use a small, low-power flashlight and "paint" the subject with light. After several attempts, you'll get the desired effect. If the subject is too light, reduce your ISO setting - and vice-versa. You can also vary the exposure by changing the aperture. You can also change the exposure by changing the flashlight-to-subject distance, and by changing the speed at which you move the light.
The other photo is a boring, on-camera flash shot that shows how a snapshot can be turned into a great shot.
Have fun with this one.
I hope to see you on one of my workshops. . . which are great fun!
Explore the light,
P.S. I added the lens flare effect in Photoshop using the Lens Flare filter. I also cloned-out some of the background to make it go almost perfectly black. And, that's an "R" on the left - painted with the flashlight.