Experimental Light Painting

Myron Campbell teaches an elective Experimental Practices course in the second half of the Digital Design program that focuses on fostering creativity. The lessons encourage the process of implementing experimentation to create source material for further digital manipulation. I help with the technical setup for a particular lesson involving in-camera photo effects such as light graffiti and multiple exposures. By using slow shutter speeds and various light sources, we can capture light trails and make use of painting with light to expose select parts of the subject. This class is always fun to be a part of.

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Experimental Light Painting Photography

What do you get when you combine teamwork, imagination, and long-exposure photography? Well, you get stunning light painting images that are sure to attract your attention. It is always fun to be a part of the in-camera practical effects lesson in Experimental Practices, a course taught by Myron Campbell. Students step away from the computer and create light graffiti images using a variety of light sources that include LED flashlights and smartphone apps.

The students are first grouped into teams, and they pre-visualize their compositions. They then work to create their images by using their light sources in a dark room, like paint brushes, to selectively reveal the characters in the shots by illuminating them. Interesting light patterns are captured in their shots by using slow shutter speeds. By adjusting the speeds of their movements, different effects can be achieved. The students also experiment with multiple exposures as another technique in this class.

Check out the light painting results below!

Creative Beginnings : Ali Lupu

Creative Beginnings : Ali Lupu

In January 2013, VFS Digital Design greeted another new, excitingly diverse group of students. We’re all looking forward to watching them develop into their professional careers as designers. But first, we’d like to give you a chance get to know some of them a little better in our regular series called Creative Beginnings.

Creative Beginnings features interviews with five new students — a different one each week over a five week period, along with a nice portrait photo taken by our very own Danny Chan  — who tell us a bit about their backgrounds and what their hopes and dreams are.

This week we introduce Ali Lupu:

Ali

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Three Things Owen Chen Has Learned

Owen Chen

Owen ChenVFS Digital Design grad and current UX/Visual Designer for Bing Social at Microsoft  was recently in town and did an impromptu presentation to current students just before the Digital Design Showcase. Entitled Three Things I Have Learned So Far, Owen’s talk was brief but entirely to the point, and just the thing the students needed to hear to encourage them at this point in their studies.

Here are the highlights from the three things he has learned:

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Juan Behrens Teases Us with a Title Sequence for Visual Arabia

It’s been awhile now since VFS alumnus, Juan Behrens landed his first post-graduation role as a Motion Designer at TBWA \ RAAD in Dubai. Since then, he has been working on some pretty amazing projects. Just yesterday, I found this beautiful title sequence he created for the Visual Arabia Design Conference in Dubai, which will host visionary talks from leading creatives in the field of Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Film and Animation. Some of the featured guests are Hydro74, MK12, Brand New School, and more.

I’ve watched this sequence created by Juan Behrens on repeat, like, 7 times this morning, and it just seems to get better with age. :)
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