Category Archives: Low key

Light painting

If you like the subject, but not really happy about the light on the subject – use light painting.

This chapel is on my usual stroll route. I have passed it so many times, but never could get a good light on it. Finally I decided to create my own picture of this place and put the mood which was almost from the first time when I saw it. I would like to create  a mystical filling.

Сomparison of long exposure photograph with the final result of artificial lighting you can see here:

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I think the long exposure photograph (before) looks flat. Everything is equally lit. Glass gives a reflection and hides the beautiful statue inside of the chapel. Using light painting technology we can create a picture which we visualized. Here you see the chapel how I saw it in my head.

There are 2 kind of light painting: single frame with long exposure and composite.

The goal of first type is to get final photograph directly in camera. Such pictures used by  medias which doesn’t allow photo manipulations, like National Geographic. Usually exposure starts  from couple of minutes and so on. There are 2 types of light source could be used: continues and flash lights. Bare flash is used rarely. Usually it is covered by some light modifiers: gobo or/and greed. Main challenge during exposure is to prevent having a light source in the frame. This technology is complex and requires strong skills, planning and time, but it pays off by its value and experience.

The simpler method is a composite. Composite requires many shots with different parts of subject lit, then all the frames a composed in editor. I have used this method to create this picture. I have spent around 1 hour to get the right lighting on all parts and then used Photoshop to combine them. Totally I shot around 50 frames.

Equipment:

  • Sony a7
  • Youngnou YN-560, YN-600
  • Youngnou YN-633C
  • Pixel TW-282TX

New Year Firework Over Ljubljana Castle.

Firework photography is not a trivial task from technical and aesthetic point of views.  Shutter speed must be selected so the flower of firework was pleasing and reflecting motion. The problem that during fireworks photographer doesn’t have a lot of time to play with camera settings.

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New year firework over Ljubljana castle.

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Photographing New Year firework with 2 cameras. Both cameras mounted on tripod and remotely triggered to avoid shaking during long exposure.

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A bottle of red wine: Ruffino, Chianti, Italy.

I like photograph bottles. This bottle attracted me by the form of the etiquette. As far this is a bottle of dark glass I selected low key shot: black bottle on a black background.

A bottle of Ruffino Chianti Italy
Product photography. A bottle of Ruffino from Chianti, Italy. Black bottle on a black background. To select a bottle from background the edge highlighting techniques was used.

Photo as is from the camera.

Shot equipment:

Camera: Sony a7
Lens: Canon nFD 80-200, F4, L  (affiliated link)
Front light: Yongnuo YN560-II
Back-light: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT
Side light: Yongnuo YN568 EXII
Synchronization: Yongnuo YN622C
Tripod: Benro Travel Mate