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.

Using a dark room as their canvas, the students worked in teams to capture light patterns and imagery. This particular group of students demonstrated a real of understanding of using light painting as a layering process as they created some interesting split portraits composited all in-camera. I’m already looking forward to the next light painting lesson.

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