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Tipster of the Week: Fiber Optics Are Good for Your Health

The process of making Lomographs is just like painting itself. We choose what to shoot with our cameras, as well as the painter decides on what scene he'll make with his brush. Both Lomographer and painter are two artists that are aiming for one similar thing - to make beautiful pictures. And for this week, see how our Tipster chose to paint with light, literally.

Not All Smoking is Hazardous to Your Health by kylethefrench

You can smoke indoors with the right tools and cameras – make that smoke with light!

I have been enjoying the fun of fiber optic light toys for years but recently an idea hit me like a lightning bolt dead out of the sky. See, so I have had a couple different of these fiber optic toys over my life and every time the base of them are broken. This always made me sad and so I just thought that when the base lights burned out that they were done.

The brilliant idea though was, well, what if I just take the fiber optic bundle out of the toy and use a flashlight as the lighting instrument instead of the base? And you wouldn’t know it, but it actually worked! What is even better is that you can put a color gel between the flashlight and the base of the fiber optic bundle to make the bundle tinted with whatever shade you want. The possibilities are endless!

I love it best with a B setting camera in a darkened room. You could do this technique easily with a Holga 135BC, the Lomo LC-A, or with a Fisheye 2 and with just any kind of film camera that has B setting or long exposure function! So you take the fiber optic bundle and place it over the flashlight and gel. Now, it is good to get a glove to wear on the hand that you are using to hold the whole thing that way you can cover up the connection area real well so that flashlight’s light won’t escape and get into your picture. What this does is it gives you many tiny points of dim light instead of the one bright streak of light. You can move the fiber optic bundle around and everywhere it goes, it creates light in the image. For the very smoky effect, you should use your other gloveless hand to fan out the bundle of light points and always keep them moving in all different ways; this is the key to the smoke.

So anyways, I demand that you go and try this out for yourself. You can find low cost fiber optic bundles online when you by fiber optic toys or you can even go down to a urban junk store and buy one of those fiber optic flower arrangements for like 99 cents and just use the flower bundle, cut the flower petals out if you want, it’s up to you! And more importantly, you should be enjoying what you’re doing!

written by kylethefrench

34 comments

  1. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    congrats! well deserved!

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  2. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    oh wow, i only submitted this one on wednesday or something, thanks scape! This is one of my favorite light writing tricks, i hope everyone likes it and tries it for themselves

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  3. panelomo

    panelomo

    tipster madness - as always @kylethefrench :)

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  4. vicuna

    vicuna

    crazy fantastic tipster and pictures!! :)

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  5. life_on_mars

    life_on_mars

    congrats))))

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  6. lawypop

    lawypop

    congrats !! :))

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  7. superlighter

    superlighter

    f****ng clever!

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  8. minty

    minty

    no. 4 is AMAZING. this is the best tipster in months.

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  9. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    coola-cool!

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  10. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    great, bravo for idea!!!

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  11. Leah

    that's such a great idea, i would've never thought of it
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  12. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Yeah Frenchy...I'm going to a thrift store today to look for some goods. Thanks for the tipster son.

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  13. dogma

    dogma

    Impressive! congrats! that's a great tipster!

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  14. coca

    coca

    congrats!! this effect is really amazing

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  15. j_robert

    j_robert

    excellent

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  16. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    congrats to the light master kylethefrench

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  17. cubilas

    cubilas

    supertipster!

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  18. wow... nice n great technique! incredible! retweet d! hahaha...
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  19. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Outstanding!!

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  20. ceduxi0n

    ceduxi0n

    *clicks "i like this" eleventy billion times*

    brilliant!

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  21. rater

    rater

    Aha, so that is your secret toy for those great pictures! Thanks for sharing it!

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  22. stouf

    stouf

    So that was the secret ! Amazing light coming out of your a** ! 8DDD

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  23. ahleng90

    ahleng90

    long live light painting! :D

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  24. leela_dark

    leela_dark

    uuuhh I love this crazy tipster, can´t wait to try it!!!

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  25. drehoh177

    drehoh177

    I've been wondering how you did this! thanks for the tipster

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  26. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    you you the man! like i said before, i bow down to my light painting master!

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  27. ucha07

    ucha07

    nice info!

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  28. anarchy

    anarchy

    SUUUUUUUUPER STUFF!!!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats =)))))

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  29. scede

    scede

    by far one of the best tipsters i've ever read :) thanks!

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  30. blackbook_13

    blackbook_13

    very cool !!!!!

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  31. jeaa

    jeaa

    great! will be looking for fiber optic stuff then!haha!

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  32. meirshantir

    How long should the exposure be? How long should I move the fibers and how long should I sit without moving?
    about 3 years ago · report as spam
  33. kane

    kane

    Amazing! Super effective!
    Thanks for sharing

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  34. magmango

    magmango

    Thanks dude! That's very smart!

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