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Light painting

Postby Rose » Sun 28 Jan 2018, 18:37

I recently bought a Yungnuo 360 light wand: https://www.amazon.co.uk/YONGNUO-Handheld-Colorful-Professional-EACHSHOT/dp/B01DBJYNKO for just under £70 - an absolute snip compared to the Westcott Ice light, or Pixel Stick, both of which go for several 100s more than that ! The Yongnuo has a bank of RGB LEDs as well as 3200 and 5500 light settings, plus a tungsten reflector. You can get any colour of the rainbow by dialling in different amounts in each RGB, but the best feature about it is the app which changes the colour of the light remotely, by moving your finger around a colour wheel on the phone screen. I had my first outing with it in Wells the other evening, trying out some light painting with a friend from Mid Somerset CC. It was a bit cold in town and we retired to The Crown on the market square for a hot chocolate after an hour or so, but it was great fun experimenting. One thing I did before we went out was make a cardboard mask for it with 5 cut out holes and I plan to make some more masks now, so I can get different effects. I want to try out a lot more ideas, in different locations too.

Bottom line - I highly recommend this as a creative photography tool, you really can't beat it for the price.

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Re: Light painting

Postby Paul Heester » Mon 19 Feb 2018, 12:06

Thanks for the posting Rose. I remember looking at these wands a few years ago and thinking they were expensive at the time. I think for that reason I found online people cutting up Christmas lights and converting them to be portable by attaching 9V batteries. Sounds like the addition of a mobile app adds lots of creative opportunities. Please post more when you next get a chance.

Be interesting to get a judges view of a night scene with creative light painting...
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Re: Light painting

Postby Rose » Mon 19 Feb 2018, 13:48

I think it's the app that really makes this a great tool. Here are some more examples.

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Re: Light painting

Postby Rose » Mon 19 Feb 2018, 13:50

I've also been creating abstracts by layering multiple images:

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Re: Light painting

Postby Paul Heester » Thu 22 Feb 2018, 07:39

The Gold Loops shot is amazing! There's definitely scope for creating amazingly creative night portraits. I guess theres no reason you couldnt use a strobe to light a subject as well as light painting the background.

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