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Light Painting with Models

February 4th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here’s a series of photos that I shot using light painting combined with strobes. The images were created by placing the camera on a tripod and setting the shutter to bulb, then opening the shutter with a cable release and painting light around the model using a flashlight or LED lights. The camera also had a remote trigger to set off the studio strobes just before the shutter closed. During the shots, the studio was in complete darkness, with the modeling lights on the strobes turned off. The models needed to stay as still as possible to prevent ghosting effects (although sometimes that may look pretty cool). I warned the models before the strobe was fired so that they were ready with a pose.

It’s a lot of fun coming up with the poses and trying different types of light painting tools. The tools are very simple and easy to make. If you are interested in trying it out, check out some of the many tutorials available online. It’s a great way to add creativity and uniqueness to a shot – each one is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. It’s simple to do, but very difficult to master!

The first two images below feature model Tracy with makeup & hair by Carole Methot.

Red & White

Red & White

Candy Stripes

Candy Stripes

 

Shazmin Hussein modeled in the next two shots. For one of them, I did the light painting separately and combined them in Photoshop afterwards. I normally prefer to do the entire shot in camera, but I liked the light painting shot so decided to use it in the final image. I also used a fig leaf that I lit with a flashlight to create the green leafy glow.

 

The Fall

The Fall

Garden

Garden

 

The last two images were done with Pocket Venus Josan, who was the first model who I worked with in this series. She was super patient as I was using her as the guinea pig while I experimented with light painting!

 

Ribbons

Ribbons

Light Painting

Light Painting

  1. Jenny
    February 4th, 2013 at 17:34 | #1

    Awesome job Lloyd! especially the last two images. Looks like you’re mastering the Painting w/light technique very nicely :)

  2. February 4th, 2013 at 22:56 | #2

    @Jenny Thanks Jenny :) I learn something new at each attempt!

  3. February 4th, 2013 at 23:06 | #3

    Interesting, however I feel that less is more.

  4. February 4th, 2013 at 23:09 | #4

    Beautiful technique!

  5. Volary
    February 4th, 2013 at 23:14 | #5

    Hi Lloyd,
    My favorites were the last two paintings too. The lights seemed more appropriate to the model, somehow. I appreciate all the images though – it definitely sounds hard to master!

  6. February 4th, 2013 at 23:22 | #6

    Nice touch Lloyd, I shared these with my 22,000 Followers!

  7. February 4th, 2013 at 23:25 | #7

    @Volary Thanks!

  8. February 4th, 2013 at 23:25 | #8

    @Sally K Witt Thanks for checking it out :)

  9. February 4th, 2013 at 23:26 | #9

    @Mika Douglas Thank you – I agree, but it’s easy to get carried away :)

  10. February 4th, 2013 at 23:31 | #10

    Very interesting shots …. good work

  11. February 4th, 2013 at 23:35 | #11

    Thank you – much appreciated!

  12. Jericho Demos
    February 4th, 2013 at 23:39 | #12

    cool.. very artistic

  13. February 4th, 2013 at 23:44 | #13

    Awsome pictures, I like a lot!!

  14. February 4th, 2013 at 23:47 | #14

    Thank you :)

  15. February 4th, 2013 at 23:48 | #15

    Thanks for checking out the post!

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