Hand Lighting Photography Tutorial: The White Feather

If you are into exciting light painting here is a great tutorial from Eric Pare, part of the team behind the 360º bullet time light paintings.

Hand Lighting Photography Tutorial: The White Feather

This tutorial is about creating a light painting tool that acts like a feather:

Use paper and scissors to create the tool:

Hand Lighting Photography Tutorial: The White Feather

Use it as you would usually do with a light painting tool (i.e. tripod, long exposure, black background).

Hand Lighting Photography Tutorial: The White Feather

Here are some tips if you want to try this yourself (hint, you do!)

  • Use a remote control and set your camera in bulb mode to be able to control your exposure
  • Try to use very short exposure time, to avoid your subject to be blurred
  • Use a bright flashlight to ensure your subject is properly lit (at least 200 lumens)
  • Wear black clothing to avoid getting ghost effects in the picture
  • Try different shapes with the sheet of paper

Being Eric Pare, there are 360º views with the tool being used:

About The Author

Eric Pare is a photographer and the creator of the 24×360 project – is an experimental project using 24 cameras and lightpainting techniques. You can follow the 24×360 project here and his facebook here. this tutorial can be downloaded as a single cheat sheet here.