STEP BY STEP LIVIN’ ON A FLASHLIGHT
Prepare your kit to help light paint some creative and fun portraits
01 Gather your kit
We’re using two Shadowhawk Tactical X800 Flashlights from Amazon – these have adjustable power and strobe settings – and we’ve taped pink and blue plastic over the ends. We bought an acrylic tube from ebay and tucked both of the torches inside.
03 Trigger The camera
We need our Canon 6D Mk II on a tripod as we’ll be shooting some long exposures, and also a special remote control to open and close the shutter for our long exposure. We roped in a friend (dressed in black, see left) to move the light rods around our subject.
05 maximize your light
Your aperture will need to be as wide as possible to let as much light into the sensor, on our EF 16-35mm lens that means f/2.8. Your ISO setting will depend on how bright you want the scene, and surrounding light levels, but we used ISO320.
02 Wrap up The light
We knew that the plastic tubes wouldn’t light up much if it was clear, so we wrapped some greaseproof paper around it to help diffuse the light, creating a more defined rod of light. If you have problems with flare coming from the top just cap it over with gaffer tape.
04 use Bulb mode
Once you’ve composed your scene to leave space in the frame around your subject, set your Canon to B for Bulb mode on the mode dial. For some Canon cameras, you’ll need use Manual mode, and adjust the shutter speed past 30 secs until it reads ‘bulb’.
Get your assistant with the light wand to start on the left, then during the exposure, move steadily behind your subject, exiting right to create a U-shape. Get them to start and stop to ensure the light also falls on the front of your subject and the car.