Long Exposure – Light Painting Products
First off, I’ll be honest with you. I’m not too happy how these turned out. But I thought I would share them in order to help you to not make the same mistakes I did. Product photography is my weakness. I have a hard time setting a scene if I have to have a background. I’m not sure why. I set up and decorate my home all the time. I have so many frames and little cameras I have all over my bookcase and it looks really good! Maybe it’s the pressure? I’m not sure, when handed a single object, it’s hard for me to think of something. Now add light painting to it.
I struggled with this assignment. We all had about 8 minuets at each station. The lights were turned off, so trying to focus every time was tricky. Then setting up your products in the dark is hard when you can’t see exactly what it looks like, and I since there was so many people. Other people’s flashlights would touch our subject and throw off and have a light highlight from one side of the table.
Some light painting can be really cool! Like photographer Jan Leonardo or my professor Caryn Esplin. They are really good at light painting, I just wasn’t feeling it that night. Maybe I was just having an off day. I just don’t love the style. I think the creative lighting long exposure is something I’ll dabble in again.
This one is a macro which is cool. I liked doing this one because I didn’t really have to set up a scene. I knew my subject and since I only had to focus on lighting my subject it turned out pretty good.
This one is so weird. haha! The color feathers with the flower. When shooting it I was going for texture and just planing on turning it black and white. But it didn’t look as good as I imagined.
This is another technique of light painting called Faux Bokeh. Bokeh is that soft blurred light in the background. I took this shot by using a speed light to light my subject, then with the shutter still open, I would unfocus my lens and then we lite the background. Again, not really my style but another good thing to try.