Light painting wands are a creative tool to open up all types of new doors to your photography portfolio. Savage has just released the RGB Light Painter Pro LED Wand for the pro and enthusiast alike. Here are ways to add a pop of colour to your shoot:
1. Basic Light Painting
We all know how cool and creative light painting can be, and the most rudimentary use for the Savage RGB light wand is just this.
First, you need to find a space where there is preferably no light leaking through.
Effective light painting requires correct camera exposure, specifically focusing on shutter speed. Typically, your shutter speed should be no shorter than 10 seconds, but the length of time will depend on how long you want to be painting. Adjust your aperture and ISO accordingly to make sure that the only thing being exposed in your shot is the light.
Once you’ve got your camera settings down pat – this may take some trial and error – you can mount your camera on a tripod and release the shutter. Wave the wand around to create interesting patterns, shapes, designs or even words.
2. Product Photography
Once you’ve got the hang of the whole light painting process, you can begin to experiment by bringing this effect into other areas of your photography. If you want to add some vibrancy to product shots, you can use you Savage RGB light wand to create streaks or rainbow colours. This is particularly effective with glass products. You can even create colour gradients. Pop your glass jar in front of a Savage Translum backdrop, and get creative.
3. Landscape Photography
Move from small product shots to large landscapes with ease by using your RGB Light Painter Pro LED Wand to create new elements of light within the landscape or illuminate the already spectacular features of one.
In this image, the light wand was used in two different spots within a 20-second exposure. For the first 10 seconds, naturally green leaves were exposed with a pink light. After being switched off, the wand was then used to create the illusion of a stream by creating the streaks of blue light. Two iPhone flashlights were used to expose the tree trunk throughout the entire exposure.
4. Portrait Photography
Step up your portrait game, by adding unique light painted backgrounds and incredible silhouettes.
The models in the pics below were instructed to hold a pose while light was painted behind them, leaving a silhouette with an attention-grabbing backdrop.
5. Fill Lighting
With both a daylight/tungsten and RGB mode, you can use your Light wand in every studio to bring in that extra bit of light sometimes needed to fill in the set.
In the shoot below, the light wand was set to orange to add warm tones to the photo and to complement the flowers.