19 Photos - Sep 8, 2014
Photo: These set of images show normal studio lighting compared to painting with light.
My first attempt gives more detail, but I don't like itPhoto: Not a whole heap of difference and I'm still having problems getting a consistent light level while painting.Photo: I did not expect to get such a difference so easilyPhoto: Somehow the painted image has more depth because one could vary the light direction depending on the surface being painted (with a LED torch)Photo: Notice how easy it was to add contrast detail to the leaves - you can really see this if you Zoom inPhoto: One way to get rid of high light reflections, but I still had problems with the edges.  Demonstrated to me that I need to understand light direction and reflections more.Photo: I seem to have failed painting this Cobbler pudding - I think the top (normal) image is better than the flash painted bottom one.Photo: Painted using a LED torch so that each object could be lit in a different way - maybe I've over done the backdrop and floor a wee bit! - but it demonstrates what can be achieved when you direct light from different directions.Photo: I tried lots of different lights sources on this image.  One can get lots of different results with painting.
If you think/look at the different balls (from black to white) you will begin to see how fantastic this technique can be.  It would be impossible to make this image with normal lighting.

Ideally one should pre-visualise before painting.Photo: This was painted with a flash gun at a church flower festival. Camera on tripod and 15 random (?) flashes made.  It allows one to light each flower, so that the dark roses come alive when painted.Photo: Having a bash at lighting hands differently - I quite like it for a 1st attemptPhoto: This was painted with a wee LED light panel. See how the light on her skin can bring out detail and the dress (and fabric) is lit from different directions (look at the shadows!). Notice that because each element is individually painted and therefore rendered (on their own layers), it is easy to change the colours.Photo: All the ingredients of a Christmas cake
Just having a bit of quick fun before work started.
The standard image has been enhanced to try and match it to the painted ones.
Probably best to zoom in a bit to see the detail of individual elementsPhoto: I normally take pre-Lighting shots so that we can decide on the pose.  Here it was done with two studio lights.
I've probably over done the jacket a bit, but it adds to the fun image.
Notice how Light Painting has transformed the face and also how about the legs?  It would be very hard to do this effect with normal lights!Photo: Another stab at some hands - this young girl had problems holding them still!Photo: Painting this Christmas table decoration just brings it to life and adds atmosphere.

It was painted with a LED torch with a snoot modifier, of black drinking straws, to reduce the size of the beam and also soften it.  So that individual elements could be lit from different directions and with different intensity.  

All of the exposures, bar one, where done without the candles being lit which would have upset the 3 second exposures (at f/20 and 200 ISO).

The table cloth was then lit using the torch without the modifier to try and even out the illumination.

Zoom in to see the detailPhoto: This set of images demonstrate how one can sculpture a single Light Painting set of exposures into different final images.  

I have only altered the face and hair, but one can do the same to any element of the image - thus allowing you to create many variations until you are happy with the result to enforce the story you are trying to tell. 

The other things I love about this approach is that you can make an element (face or body etc.) appear thinner or fatter by changing the tones of light upon it.Photo: The difference is all down to the direction of light and the ability to decide the tonal range of each object within the photo.

In the normal photo, the white cloth determines the brightest colour, but in the painted one we can ignore this restriction on the individual objects, thus allowing them to be shown in their full range (or tonal range that one wants to use).  So for instance I could have decided to lower the brightness of the mat if I felt it distracted from the other elements with no real masking problems.

I need to practice on silver a bit more as the wee dish is not too good and the chocolates do not stand out.Photo: There is so much difference being able to direct the light at the right angle to show off each flower compared to normal lighting.