Light Painting Personal Mantras

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Digital Design Class 29 students took part in a light painting session as part of an Experimental Practices course where instructor Dougal Muir led a lesson on crafting a personal mantra. The students were tasked to create a message, quote or positioning statement drawn from their personal backgrounds. This mantra provided the students a starting point for the light painting visual experiments. I guided the second part of the lesson where, after a short presentation on camera settings and light painting techniques, we captured the following images.

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Experimental Practices: Light Painting

Digital Design Class 28 students took part in a light painting session this past week. The students captured interesting light trails and patterns by using slow shutter speeds and various light sources from smartphones to LED flashlights. Here are some of the results.

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Light Painting session in Experimental Practices course

Light Painting

Yesterday morning, we had another fun light painting session in the Experimental Practices course. After a short presentation to cover camera settings, light painting techniques, and to review some sources of inspiration, the group of students worked well together to create some stunning images. Have a look.

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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!