painting with light

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  1. juneau

    juneau TPF Noob!

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    im not sure if this is what its called so ill try and describe it. okay so basically you set your camera to the B setting and shine light on it while your in complete darkness.

    im not sure if this is totally correct and ive never done it before but i want to try it so i was wondering if anyone has any pointers? im shooting black and white 400 speed film



    also im wondering if anyone has any tips on the open flash technique?
     
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    By the way, welcome to TPF Juneau!

    Unfortunately I just shoot with digital so I have no 'pointers' regarding film, though I will state that I probably owe even the slightest success to being able to check the LCD.

    I did this last September, and the only pointers I can recall is if you are writing out words, practice in a mirror beforehand. When writing backwards and right to left, I made the mistake quite a few times of writing a single letter backwards, overlapping etc. Another error I ran into was not covering up the light completely and would end up with trailing 'blobs' of light. One last note, if you are using flash, I do believe I underexposed the flash by -2 and delayed it until the end of the exposure.
    For me it was more luck of the draw then anything. I am certain others here with more experience will have more words of wisdom, but here is about the most successful shot I could grab.

    f/22, 20seconds
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    thanks! i really liked that picture did you use a flashlight?
     
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    Thanks.
    For this shot I just used a flashlight. And one more 'tip' I remembered (as can be noted, I probably took 60 shots in total and managed only a few half decent. Though I will say, lots of fun) try to keep pointing the flashlight straight at the lens. As can be seen on the right edge of the "e", I didn't angle the flashlight.
     
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    Wow that is soooooo awesome! Is my camera (The Canon EOS 350D) capable of that? :scratch: :lovey:
     
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    Well, maybe my 350D has a glitch but it was capable :lol:. This was taken on manual mode, so I do believe any camera that can take longer exposures can.
     

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