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Photographer Shoots Phoenix Wings by Light Painting with Fire

Photographer Derek VanAlthuis took his light painting photography to fiery new heights last week when he captured this photo. In it, his model is flying away on wings created by light painting with actual fire. In fact, that fire is the only light used in the shot.

This image sits at the intersection of two of VanAlthuis’ passions: light painting photography, and the symbolism of the phoenix.

“The symbolism behind a Phoenix has always been inspirational for me. When the Phoenix perceives its death, it ignites itself into a magnificent fire. Then it re-emerges from its own ashes—reborn, ready to continue life once again,” he said in an interview with DIY Photography. “I wanted to see if I could portray this concept in my work.”

His initial attempts were created using light painting blades, but divorcing the idea of the Phoenix from fire just doesn’t seem right. So, inspired by fellow light painter Zach Alan‘s work with fire light painting and levitation, VanAlthuis grabbed a T-shirt, some lighter fluid, a wooden dowel, and safety equipment, and got to work.

He wrapped and stapled a 100% cotton (this is important, blends can melt) T-shirt around a wooden dowel, soaked it in lighter fluid, and set it on fire when he had his model Faith ready and standing on a step stool he would later remove in post.

He used a Canon 5D Mark III and 24-105mm f/4L IS USM set at f/9 to capture the shot, and exposed the whole thing for 3 seconds. Then he took the image into post to remove any shadows of himself, and that pesky stool.

For that part, he also had extra shots of the background and close-ups of Faith’s feet at hand, so he could properly remove anything that was in the way and composite parts back in. Here’s the before and after:

The final shot is quite captivating: a Phoenix, raising herself into the sky on wings made of fire. Kudos to Derek for creating something great. If you’d like to see more of his work, visit his website or give him a follow on Instagram.

(via DIYP)


Image credits: Photographs by Derek VanAlthuis and used with permission.

How to Add Front Bokeh to a Portrait Using Christmas Lights

We’re all familiar with the fuzzy circles that bokeh creates usually behind our main subject, but this lesson is about creating bokeh in front of the subject. And that is what Mark Wallace is about to show us in the 6-minute video above. This episode of Adorama TV is about getting a kind of outdoor feel and adding depth to your indoor portraits.

You can use daylight or continuous light and an uncluttered background might be best. You will need 3 things:

1.) LED or Christmas lights

2.) Tripod

3.) Wide aperture lens

Frame your model in a loose composition, so that you have enough space on the sides to create the bokeh effects.

Use a wide aperture lens like f/1.4 or f/2 and shoot wide open, as you want the LED lights to go out of focus. The camera should be on manual settings for shutter speed as you don’t want the sensor to be fooled by the light coming in from the LEDs. Manual focus should be used, so that the camera does not focus on the LED lights as you wave them in front of the lens.

You can use white or colored lights depending upon the effect you are creating. A tripod is certainly useful but if you don’t have one you may still be able to get by, but it will be more difficult. When you are shooting at wide apertures like f/1.4 the depth of field is very shallow and even slight movement can make your subject out of focus. It will help to draw a line on the floor so that your model stays fixed in one spot. When you are on a tripod your model has already been focused, so you have to look only at the placement and position of the lights. If you are hand-holding you will have to look at 2 things simultaneously: model focus and light position.

Move the lights in front of the lens to get the best effect and remember not to overpower the face with too many or large soft blurs. The closer your light is to the lens the larger will be the bokeh.

Here are a few of the example photos captured by Wallace in the tutorial video above:

Another way to add front bokeh to a portrait is to spray some water drops onto a sheet of glass that you then shoot through.

Natural Light vs Flash vs High Speed Sync: See the Difference

Same setting, same model, three different lighting scenarios. In this demo, Toronto wedding photographer Derrel Ho-Shing shows you the difference between shooting with natural light, regular strobe, and high speed sync.

Ho-Shing didn’t put the video together to make any sort of judgement, although his preference is obvious. He’s shooting with the Canon 5D Mark IV and new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens, and having to stop that beautiful lens down to f/5.6 in order to use the strobe without HSS is just… tragic. The lighting looks fine, but the background is simply too in-focus and distracting.

By comparison, just natural light creates more separation and, thus, a more pleasing portrait:

And, of course, things get even better when you turn on High Speed Sync. Using the flash’s power to keep your subject properly exposed, HSS lets you create even more separation by both shooting wide-open and darkening the background.

In this example, at least, HSS wins hands down:

Watch the video up top to see the full demo for yourself. And if you like Derrel’s work, check out his website or show him some love on Facebook and Instagram.

(via ISO 1200)