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Fire & Wine : Light Painting in Gainesville, Va : Virginia Portrait Photographer

Creativity. Fire. And wine. These make for a fun night at home resulting in some unique images (and a nice change of pace from the typical wedding and portrait photography I do). This technique is called Light Painting and is a fun project anyone can do! Follow the steps below and share your light painting pictures with me!

Materials: Wine glasses, Wine (water will work too), lighter, tripod, dark colored blanket and camera.

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Step One: Lay out blanket on a flat surface.

Step Two: Fill up wine glass (pour yourself a glass too). Place on top of blanket.

Step Three: Put camera on tripod. Set camera to manuel mode, ISO 100, f-stop 22, and a shutter speed of 20 seconds. You may need to adjust this depending on your environment, but these settings are a good starting point. Consult your camera manuel if you are unsure how to set specific settings.

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Tip: To prevent camera shake, set the self timer to 2 seconds. This will allow you to press the shutter button, lift your hand off the camera, and then it will fire.

Step Four: Get your lighters ready (hint: it also helps to have another person or two actually do the light painting). Press the shutter button, and waive, twirl and circle your lighters in front of the camera and behind the wine glass! Please be carfull! The last thing you want to do is knock over your wine glass or cinge your blanket!

Step Five: Review your image on the back of your camera, adjust your settings as needed and keep going! For a differnet look add in flash lights with colored filters, candles more wine glasses.

Step Six (and most importantly): HAVE FUN!!!

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4 comments
  • Danielle FosterFebruary 2, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much for the tutorial. And I most definitely will be pouring myself a coupleReplyCancel

  • Danielle FosterFebruary 2, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    Do you have a dark backdrop as well? Would love to know what the lighting in the room was. Was it dark?ReplyCancel

    • Heather CheskyFebruary 3, 2013 - 3:23 pm

      I just had a dark brown blanket as the backdrop. And it was a completely dark room with a small candle lit a few feet away from my camera so I could see what I was doing 🙂ReplyCancel