Light Painting

The Activity

This experiment is one of the reasons I think this is one of the few classes where a class time of two hours really works.

We went to the the Kirkham Building auditorium for this class. After some description of how to make the effect work, we each went to ten different stations in sets of two.

As you can see from the photos, there were miscellaneous little knick-knacks strewn about each table. Brother Pingel shouted “go” and off we went with ideas. My first two stations I was just trying to make sure I got the effect down of placing light where I wanted it to. By the time we got to the tenth, I had it down.

Photoshop Afterwards

But that doesn’t mean there was not any editing to do. Even though one picture (bottles) did not need any true manipulation, I still used Photoshop to elongate the picture for a buffer.

The reason was that although the pic came out great, it was clipped to the right side (the blue bottle on the right as you see it). At first, I groaned because it was my favorite shot of the night, now apparently damaged. However, after cropping to the left side to even it out, I had hope. I remembered that since this was a black background, I could cheat a little by elongating the top part of the pic. Now, the cropping doesn’t hurt the picture at all.

I like the lamp picture a lot too. There was a bit of luck of shooting a red light towards it, giving off a purple-ish glow.

Light in the Right Places

In a lot of these photos, I was playing around with layer masks and light masks, lightening some parts and darkening others.

One example is the lamp. I chose to light up the lamp more to highlight it, but applied another layer set a little less bright for the background, and yet another, much darker, layer to essentially hide everything else.

Another example is the truck. I used a light layer specifically for the headlights.