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Monday, January 20, 2014

BUDGET ZONE PROJECT: Joby Gorillatorch Flare Light Painting

BUDGET ZONE PROJECT: Joby Gorillatorch Flare Light Painting

This is considered a "budget zone project" because you can repurpose this Joby Gorillatorch Flare ($29.95) to create some cool Light Painting using the Red Emergency Light feature on the flare and some other equipment you already have.

What you need for this project:
1. Joby Gorillatorch Flare ($29.95)
2. DSLR with a long exposure
3. Remote Shutter/ Timer or Intervelometer
4. Tripod
5. An interesting subject

How to Light Paint:
Light painting is an incredibly fun technique in which photographers use flashlights, camera flashes, and spotlights to literally paint light into a scene. It is required that you have your DSLR on a tripod and use some type of remote shutter.
1. To begin, I like to adjust my composure to accent the dramatic sky.
2. Red light is dimmer than regular light and so you will need longer painting times to achieve the same level of brightness as you would with white light.
3. Set your shutter to around 30 seconds.
4. Using the remote, press the shutter and begin painting your scene. It may take you several attempts to compose the scene exactly how you envisioned it.
5. For more dramatic shots, it may require you to take multiple shots and put them together while editing your photo.

Here is a great article featuring Light Painting with the Joby Gorillatorch. This is the image captured below using 3 Joby GorillaTorches:

We painted the foreground by hiding one light in among the rocks of the structure and leaving it turned on for the whole exposure.   Once the foreground light was placed, I triggered the shutter, carefully scrambled up the structure and hit a pose.  When going for the silhouette effect, make sure your model chooses a pose that they can hold for several minutes.  While I posed, Lotus painted the structure from the inside using two Gorillatorches, being careful to fill in every nook and cranny.  In order to get the full inside of the ruin, Lotus did a fair amount of crawling around and hit it from all angles.  We composed this shot several times to get a variety of exposures levels and shutter speeds.  For this specific image, the camera was set to ISO 100, at f/9, for 30 seconds. - From Joby.com

Other Examples of what you can create:
 Photo by Kenneth Enstad
Photo by Kenneth Enstad
Photo by Kenneth Enstad

BUDGET ZONE PROJECT: Joby Gorillatorch Flare Light Painting
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