So I had a friend of mine show me some photos that were done with a very small constant light (actually an old iPod classic) and because of the long exposure they were able to light the scene very professionally and creatively. So I wanted to experiment and try some long exposure shots myself. So with my new toy (motorcycle) I gathered my trusty Canon 7D, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens and tripod and headed to the garage where my bike was sitting.
So I needed to find a source of light as I was going to be shooting in complete darkness. So I headed to the store looking for something that I could use to “paint” light over the sections of my bike that I wanted to expose.
I ended up finding the above Energizer keychain LED flashlight. So this light doesn’t put out a lot of light, but it could be very precise as well as very broad depending on how far I held the light from its target. So for $5 I figured it was worth the investment (picked it up from Home Depot).
So now I had a subject (bike) had my gear and finally had a small light. I was ready.
With the lights on in the garage I setup the camera on the tripod and framed the shot accordingly. Set the camera to manual focus (as it wouldn’t be able to auto focus in the dark) and then set my camera for 30 second exposure, f11, ISO 100, and lastly set the timer for 2 seconds. I was ready.
I then turned off the lights, fired the shutter, and painted the bike with my little flashlight.
The following pictures were my 2 favourite shots form the 8 photos that I took. I kinda wish that I had given the bike a little bit of a wash, but all in all I was very pleased with the outcome of the photos.
If there are any questions as to how these photos were taken please let me know. I will continue to play with light exposure as well as long exposure.
So I broke my Sigma 17-70 lens. So So Sad. And it was completely my fault. Any ways I have replace it with a Tamron 17-50 lens. Check out my video below to see what I think of the new lens.
Just a quick post showcasing a video that we came across in regards to a Track and Field photo shoot. Its only 2 minutes long and is a behind the scenes look at their photo shoot.
I shoot a fair bit of video and because of this I am fairly concerned with my audio as well (depending on what I’m shooting). So I found a video from Que Audio (now they may be trying to sell their own brand of microphones, but if you kind of ignore that, the information in the video is quite good). I shoot with a R0DE video mic, which i think (in my opinion) is one of the better shotgun mics that you can get for the price. So have a watch. Its a decent video .
So this is something that we want to get into fairly soon, and its talking about the basic aspects of your camera, including both SLR and Point and Shoot style cameras, but until we do, here’s a nice article in regards to your cameras ISO control.
Here’s a brief snippet …
ISO in a nutshell
I get a lot of questions about ISO—many photographers don’t seem to understand exactly what it does. Your camera’s ISO control determines how sensitive the camera’s sensor is to light. On most cameras, ISO starts at 100 and goes up from there; the higher the number, the more sensitive the sensor will be.
So we all know that the newest breeds of dSLR cameras take fantastic photos, their high ISO performance just keeps getting better and better. But what about their video performance? Here’s two videos that takes all four of these cameras and puts them head to head (plus an actual write up – but i like the videos!!). Both in Natural and Low Light scenarios. My only wish was to see them put these high end cameras up again their lower end siblings (like the Canon T3i and 7D).
So i have always wanted a jib or crane, as the shots that you can get from these things = awesome!!! I love doing video with my Canon 7D and i know that by having one of these I could take my videos to a whole new level. But the issue has always been price. They aren’t usually very cheap. Take a look at the video below. For $25 ill definitely give this a try.
For the full instructions, jump over to How to Make a DIY Camera Jib.