Long exposure.



I would like to share with you a new studio lighting setup with a wonderful effect giving to the image more charm. I shall not plunge into details of studio lighting setup, as it is very simple and consists only from two light sources: a softbox, placed in parallel to the floor over the model’s face, and a snoot, directed to the background. I would like to share with you the way I managed to create a purple glowing on this picture. While Julia was putting on make-up to the model, my eyes caught a screensaver on my Mac Book Pro, most likely you saw it many times. It is called Mac’s Flurry Screensaver, you can take a look at Youtube. I liked the colors very much and the way they were glowing and I thought why not mix the colors and not use a notebook’s monitor as the third light source? Why not? Then I settled exposure to 1 sec on the camera and aperture F3.5. The main thing was to provide complete darkness in the room you are shooting and lack of additional sources of light, which would impede. The next steps were easy. Julia helped me holding the notebook at the left side from me. As soon as I took the model’s photo, I directed the camera to the monitor and moved it like a scanner, from the left to the right side of the monitor in order to gather the colors of screensaver (we have about 0.5 sec for this action after the first flash). As there was completely dark in the room, we got a sharp image of the model, covered by glowing and colors from the screensaver of the notebook. Voila! Of course, there should be taken a couple of trial moves with the camera in order to understand the level and direction of the camera to reach the desired effect and not simply blur over the image by all this glowing. After the third try, I didn’t meet any problems. In this way, it is possible to add many interesting effects to your works!