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Jun 27, 2016 13:09 |  #1

What type of light do you recommend for light painting buildings, large objects?
Lot of people recommending the Brinkmann Q-beam spot light. I have looked at it and the internal rechargeable battery fails often.

Do you have any recommendation?

Thank so much!


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Jun 27, 2016 13:38 |  #2

oharing wrote in post #18051444 (external link)
What type of light do you recommend for light painting buildings, large objects?
Lot of people recommending the Brinkmann Q-beam spot light. I have looked at it and the internal rechargeable battery fails often.

Do you have any recommendation?

Thank so much!

For the image below I used a 5 foot LED light strip from Amazon (Audew 5 foot RGB 5050 SMD 45 Light LED Strip with Battery Box) and mounted it to a 5 foot piece of PVC pipe with two-sided tape. Then mount the camera on a tripod, and use "Bulb" mode to open shutter. Then I walked to the back of the bush on the left and turned on the light strip and slowly walked from left to right holding the PVC pipe vertical. I turned it off after I got to the right side next to the brick column. Then I ran over to the camera and using the remote, closed the shutter so the exposure would end. Total exposure time was 89 seconds.

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Jun 28, 2016 09:04 as a reply to  @ fotoi's post |  #3

It looks AMAZING!!!! :)
Very creative!


Do you think 2800 lumens is an overkill? I have found one with 2800 Lumens.
https://www.amazon.com …m-Spotlight/dp/B00F1GWZT​C (external link)


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Jun 28, 2016 10:00 |  #4

oharing wrote in post #18052204 (external link)
It looks AMAZING!!!! :)
Very creative!


Do you think 2800 lumens is an overkill? I have found one with 2800 Lumens.
https://www.amazon.com …m-Spotlight/dp/B00F1GWZT​C (external link)

No, looks good.




  
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Jun 28, 2016 10:49 |  #5

Try http://www.thepixelsti​ck.com/ (external link)


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Jun 28, 2016 11:12 |  #6

If you mean to be able to brighten houses, and such, during dark night photography, this should be fine.


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just keep the light moving over your subject while your shutter is open or you will get hot spots. Also shoot RAW so you can adjust color temp accordingly.


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Jun 28, 2016 14:42 |  #7

oharing wrote in post #18051444 (external link)
What type of light do you recommend for light painting buildings, large objects?
Lot of people recommending the Brinkmann Q-beam spot light. I have looked at it and the internal rechargeable battery fails often.

Do you have any recommendation?

Thank so much!

I've seen lots of images that were made in the dark where the photographer made multiple pops with a portable flash source from different positions to light the subject while the camera (in a fixed position) had a locked-open shutter. My point is that one does not need a continuous light source for "light painting" depending on what type of light painting is to be done.


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Jun 28, 2016 18:43 |  #8

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I've seen lots of images that were made in the dark where the photographer made multiple pops with a portable flash source from different positions to light the subject while the camera (in a fixed position) had a locked-open shutter. My point is that one does not need a continuous light source for "light painting" depending on what type of light painting is to be done.

I totally agree. You have to have powerful flashes though.... and fast recycle time! :)


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Jun 28, 2016 22:42 |  #9

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I totally agree. You have to have powerful flashes though.... and fast recycle time! :)

Not necessarily true. If, for example, your subject is a car in a dark setting you could have a 5-minute exposure set up and make a whole lot of pops in that time. An ordinary on-camera flash (used handheld off-camera, of course) could easily be powerful enough as long as you get enough light where you need it. Obviously, experimentation would go a long way toward achieving perfection.


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Jun 28, 2016 22:56 |  #10

I've light painted with everything from small handheld lights to powerful flood lamps. I've even used my cell phone a couple of times. Once I ran around the bushes like an idiot with a portable strobe swatting mosquitos the entire time (not fun). The best light is the one that's right for the job. Obviously for a large structure you're going to want a beam that's rather broad and fairly even to avoid hot spots. Smaller subjects would require smaller or less powerful sources.

There is no rule that says you have to get it all in camera also. If ambient light doesn't allow for a long enough shutter simply layer your images in photoshop and do a composite.


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