LED hat light makes the leopard change his stripes.
So I am always looking for new eye treats to please my B setting and my beastie Lomo friends know this. A while back kurtuccello hooked me up with this cool hat light contraption thing here. It has LED lights which are the greatest joy of the Lomographer in today’s world says me. So naturally I got my B setting cameras (you could do this trick easily with a Holga 135BC, an LC-A, or a Fisheye 2- any kind of B setting or long exposure cam you want) out and posted myself against a blank wall and tried to light myself in some spooky or interesting way.
I noticed that if I leaned the hat device at a certain angle I could cast a bright light on my skin without really exposing the LED bulbs directly to the camera. Ideas, Ideas! So next step is I went and grabbed my trusty extra Colorsplash flash gels and taped over each of the 5 lights real good. Lights off, shutter open, hat light on and get to “drawing” on my skin. Once I am drawn all over I just close that shutter and advance my friends.
The first time I did this I got the pictures back and was not all that happy with the way that extra light splashed on the back wall. I think it is just a matter of taste but I don’t like it so the next time I set myself up in the middle of a dark room and so that way you don’t get the light on the wall behind you and I like that better. I changed out the gels for different effects for fun, and also I got wild by drawing myself a couple times on the same frame. The hat light has a very easy click button that gives you a steady lights, blinking lights, or off. As you can imagine it makes it easy to shut it off get in a new position and then turn it back on again without any stray lights. You can also do this trick with any kind of object you want. You can mix up the effect by using different color gels or using the steady light sometimes or the blinking light sometimes.
Have fun with it friends!