Surrounded by the serene pink sunset, with gorgeous clouds as a backdrop, Zach’s model Juli stands reflected in the mirror-like water. The white wings are light-painted behind her, giving the additional sense of serenity to the image. I loved everything about this photo and wanted to know more. And Zach was kind enough to share a detailed tutorial of his shot with DIYP.
Eric Paré is best known for his stunning light painting photos and helpful tutorials. In all his photos, he remains invisible even though he stands behind the model and draws shapes with lights. He does it all in-camera, and many people have wondered how he does it.
In this video, Eric and his partner Kim Henry share a few tricks to staying invisible while doing light painting. If you’re aspiring to try this photography technique, these tricks will help you get the shots in-camera, and save you time in removing yourself from the shots in Photoshop.
I find calligraphy wonderful, and it remains something I’d like to learn. So naturally, I was enchanted by the combination of calligraphy and photography. Mexican artists Said Dokins and Leonardo (Leo) Luna combine calligraphy and light painting.
Their project is named Heliographies of Memory, and they use calligraphic movements along with lights and long exposure photography. As a result, they create amazing “calligrafitti” at the iconic sites. They are only visible after the photographic process, and invisible to the naked eye while the process lasts.
Light painting involves long exposure, and as we know, this is when you want everything to be perfectly still. So, in cases like this, the wind is definitely not the friendliest weather condition. The master of light painting Eric Paré shows you how to deal even with the harshest wind when light painting with tubes. It’s not easy to get the perfect shot, but with some preparation and a couple of tricks, you can make some awesome photos for sure.
Eric demonstrates light painting in the harsh wind with his model Kim Henry. They share a few points to pay attention to, so you can get the best out of the windy day when you want to create light painting portraits.
Softboxes are wonderful tools for product photography. They allow you to get nice soft shadows, and beautiful edge highlights to make your product shine. But if don’t own them already, and all you plan to shoot are a few photos for eBay, it can get expensive. There’s light stands, flashes, the softboxes themselves, possibly reflectors and other doohickies.
This video from commercial photographer Leo Rosas shows a fantastic technique to create an “invisible softbox” using lightpainting techniques. Using a long LED tube, Leo recreates the look of a large softbox over his product, without actually having a softbox. It’s a very neat and versatile technique if you’re limited on gear.
This is just too awesome. These rainbow coloured light tubes are the creation of light painter and photographer Zach Smidt. We’ve featured Zach’s work before, and for good reason. He’s constantly pushing himself and his work. To create something a little different and special. And his new rainbow light painting tube images sure fall under that “special” category.
DIYP got in touch with Zach to find out a little more about how they were made. Zach also shared some more images with us created with these light tubes.
As well as often producing fantastic images, light painting is great fun. While you might have an idea in mind, you never really know what you’re going to get until you see the final shot. For some, that’s the whole point. The excitement of seeing if you can pull off your vision, and the unexpected surprises you encounter.
One difficulty in light painting, though, especially when your light source is in the shot is blowing out the highlights. In this video, light painting master Eric Paré offers a demonstration on how he builds his light painting tubes. Specifically, how he gets them to have such vibrant and striking colours. It all boils down to having the right gels.
I did a 30 seconds edit of that picture at the airport in Albuquerque and posted it right away on instagram. And it went bananas. I had mixed feeling about this because this is not our work, this is not what I want to be known for. And all of these comments about Star Wars are always making me dizzy (I don’t have a tv, I never watch movies, I have no interest for fiction). I thought I would delete it after one day anyway.
But during the flight we talked a little bit about it. That previous night had been so incredible, so powerful, so violent. Oh wait, I’m talking about the super spicy pasta I made after the thunderstorm. I still can’t feel my mouth and don’t even know where it is.
“Playing with fire” denotes something dangerous and with a possible negative outcome. But in photography, playing with fire can be exactly the opposite. If you do it right, it can lead to fantastic and creative images. Photographer Zach Smidt gave us an excellent example of this. His image named The Ritual is playing with fire at its best.
Zach shared his image with us, along with the details of making – from the preparation to the editing process. And as a special treat, he has shared a few more images from the series.