The theme for our September monthly competition in the South Florida Camera Club (SFCC) was painting with light. I saw lot of pictures with that technique in the past but I never tried to pull something myself before. Having not idea where to start I went online for some research and inspiration, and I found thousand of images but very little information on how to create them, I mean there is a lot of “just turn the flashlight… ” and things like that.
I wanted my image to be different so I decided to work with a model and make the picture in the studio, I first made some tests with a friend without any success, but that day, I learned that I was going to need some more than just flashlights… in order to get the kind of images I was envisioning. The main issue I had was that I was literally burning the image, and I had light spills all over the places without any kind of control.
So, for the second day my model was coming and I got better prepared, I put diffusers in front of the flashlights and also created cardboard snoots of different sizes to have better control over the lights, I also got some Glow sticks from Amazon to use in the image.
As said before, the image was taken in my studio, the studio was completely dark and the camera was in bulb mode, I used a wide angle lens to create a very strong image and great pose, I first started using and painting with a flashlight with a red gel and a diffuser, I also placed a snoot in front of the light, with this I panted the body, after that I used a led flashlight, also with a snoot made of black cardboard, but this one was made in order to have the light much more concentrated, with this I painted the white stripes over her body, finally I used the Glow sticks to create the frame of light around her. The total time for the exposure was about 110 seconds.
I have really need to thank my model Marina, who was patient enough to work and collaborate with me in this shot, lots of trial an errors, until we got what we wanted, and I am really proud to say that the picture came in first place in the SFCC competition.
Now that I’ve experimented with this technique I really want to produce more pictures using it.