Aura - 02.08.2014
Learn to Light with me!
What was needed: Glow sticks, Off camera flash, flash sync cable or wireless trigger, Black background, Something to block flash from background such as black side of reflector. One subject, One assistant, friend, or fiance.
Camera settings: f-6.3, 20 second shutter exposure, ISO 800, 77mm focal length.
Method: You are going to want an assistant to accomplish this shot. This is because your work space has to be very dark to capture the glow sticks. You could try the timer on your camera but than you will be racing back to your posing position in the dark and risk tripping over your lights.
With the lights on, have the subject pose and hide the glow sticks within their reach. Once the shot is composed turn off the lights, tip toe back to the camera without kicking your tripod and throwing off the composition, then hit the shutter release.
The strobe flash will freeze the subject in place. Once the Flash goes off the subject grabs the glow sticks and spins them around while imitating techno music for the remainder of the exposure time. Presto!, you got a light Aura!
Note: Replacing the glow sticks with something brighter such as LED light sticks would allow you to shoot with a shorter exposure time in a room that isn't completely dark. But as always the best gear to use for a shot is the gear you have with you.
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