Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Found object: Video - light painting

If you've ever tried painting with light - combining long exposures with the use of a hand-held light source to etch shapes/words/colours into the air - you'll know what great fun it is.

Typically, you might trace around people or objects, using a torch or a flash gun - and the technique relies on the principle that during a long exposure (anything from a couple of seconds through to several hours), a moving object (the light) will record as a blur whilst static objects remain, well, static.

Commonly, we see this in 'light trail' pictures of cars travelling along a road at night.

I came across this short video recently, which is perhaps one of the best examples I've seen of how you can take things one step further.


And if you want to know how they did it, take a look at this behind-the-scenes video as well:

This has given me some great inspiration for a forthcoming shoot - I hope you get something out of it, too!


IngridNation said...

This must have been such fun to do for them. Can't wait to see what you're going to do :)

Giles said...

The creativity and degree of technical control really is impressive, isn't it?!

As for my own efforts... I can't wait to start experimenting ;)