Light photography

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  1. barfastic

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    Heya!

    i was just wondering if anybody had some tutorials on this type of photography as i want to get involved...

    from what ive understood its extended shutter speed (either bulb or certain amount of seconds), and in complete darkness. But what i want to know is how can i get it to be focused.

    Should i place the light source somewhere in the area, take a pic with lighting on, remove the AF, and try and remember the position of it in the dark? :S

    any ideas?
     
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    o_O

    What exactly are you talking about? Night photography? Studio stuff taken in very low light?

    It's impossible to take a photograph in "complete darkness". ;)

    If you want to use AF to focus, shining a bright light at the subject, like a flashlight, and using the illuminated area to AF, then removing the light source and taking the shot is effective.
     
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    You can use your cameras autofocus assist beam to achieve focus if the subject is within effective flash range. Or, you can use another light source such as a laser pointer or powerful flashlight and focus on that.

    Also, I believe some lenses have a distance meter you can utilize to help you achieve accurate focus.

    I am in the process of beginning light painting myself so maybe I am not the best resource, so let's see who else can weigh in on this topic :D
     
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    Are we talking about physiograms?
     
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    I am not sure, I assumed he meant light painting and not physiograms... I could be wrong though.
     

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