The wheel in the sky keeps on turning, but with these simple tips you can keep on rolling to light painting heaven.
So many folks have been asking me about how I have done these whacky wheels and here it goes. First let me say that I didn’t invent this and I searched around the internet and found many tips from other great folks and just applied the techniques to film photography.
So I built my wheels by buying some black foam board and then using clear tape to attach the EL wires and LED lights or light swords or whatever kind of fun light toy to the foam board.
Then I used duct tape to tape the whole foam board thing to the handle of a paint roller that I bought at the dollar store.
Now I take the wire part of the paint roller that normally has foamy paint grabber thing on it but in this case is just the wire circle part and I use more duct tape to tape that onto the top of a tripod. Then I am ready to set up my camera on another tripod and get ready to make the room or outside nice and dark.
So in the dark I open the shutter of my b mode camera letting the shutter stay open. Then I get behind my weird windmill rig thing and turn the lights on using whatever weird battery pack I’ve taped to the back of the foam board. Now you just turn the foam board paddle around in a circle.
Remember you can also attach any kind of crazy toy that has enough room to spin around onto the tripod rig. Here you see this weird circle plastic thing that looks like a pair of antlers, well that works same way as the “windmill” style wheel but because the two plastic things that are covered in lights are at a different angle you get that weird pink and blue star burst black hole looking thing you see in my gallery.
No matter what you tape to the tripod rig the paint roller goes in a circle so its really really easy. All the other tricks you see here with the profiles and the people popping out of the wheels, well that is for you to figure out how to do! Have fun with it, I hope to see all kinds of folks trying it out. Oh also remember to shut your shutter before you turn the lights back on in the room, but I’m sure you already guessed that. Enjoy the gallery y’all.
Say goodbye to October and hello to November. The weather is getting colder but we have a bunch of workshops that will keep you warm! We have a lot in store for us, from a walk in the park with the Petzval to creating light painting masterpieces.
Ever since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind.
Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!
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There are so many exciting things you can do with the Lomo'instant camera it's hard to know where to start! We've been giving this lovable Lomo camera the full test drive so that you can experience the full potential of this camera in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting graffiti and doubles with Hannah Brown.
There are so many exciting things you can do with the Lomo'Instant camera, it's hard to know where to start! We've been giving this lovable Lomo camera the full test drive so that you can experience its full potential in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting very long exposures in dark places.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Do the photographs in our community often leave you tongue-tied? You can still let your fellow lomographer know how much you appreciate their work by clicking the "Like" button. No matter how simple, this gesture can inspire anyone to go on with their analogue adventure. Here are the top photo likers of 2014.
The Lomography Sprocket Rocket might be a bit challenging to use but it didn't hinder maaikel from traveling and shooting various film rolls with it. In this week's installment of Weapon of Choice, he graciously shared his Sprocket Rocket story plus some amazing tips on using it.
Pixelstick is exactly the must-get tool to create mind-blowing light paintings with different colours and patterns: 1.8 meter long, 200 full colour and high fidelity LEDs! Grab your camera with long exposure mode and a tripod, and you can create dozens of dreamy pictures just by moving your Pixelstick in the dark. Take a peep at our friends from Lomography Hong Kong’s shots with the Pixelstick!