Light Painting with Models
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.
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 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!