Christmastime is here!
All these Christmas decorations put me in the mood for holiday light painting. Festive photography experiments are fun and easy with your indoor and outdoor lights. For example, try an out of focus bokeh shot of your holiday tree or twist your lens and camera body in opposite directions for an crazy spiral effect.
This year I decided to use my lomo light painter tool to revisit some holiday long exposure subjects from years past. The exercise showed me how much progress I’ve made since I published my first Christmas Tree Light Painting blog on my old portfolio site a few years back. I highly recommend this concept of redoing old photos or drawings as it will give you a strong sense of accomplishment and pride in your refined skills.
Instant Film Holiday Light Paintings
I started off with my Lomo Instant Wide, tripod, and three packs of Instax Wide film. I drew my subjects beforehand in my sketchbook, which is a good way to refine your movements and simplify designs for the medium.
Shooting this type of long exposure on instant film is challenging and quite rewarding. After about 15 frames, I tried turning my camera to portrait orientation to give myself more height in the frames. This proved successful, at least for character light drawings. My instant film session lasted about two hours, and got four shots I felt worthy of entering in the Lomography #analogueholidays Instagram contest.
Update: I’m proud to say my instant film light painting, Frosty the Light Man was one of the winners in the Lomography #analogueholidays Instagram contest!
DSLR Holiday Light Paintings
The following night I broke out my DSLR as I ran out of film. I set the exposure time to 30 seconds for continuous shooting and the F Stop from 11 to 8 at 100 ISO. I recreated a couple of shots from the night before along with new subjects added to the mix. Now I could have edited out the errors you see below in Photoshop, such as the placement of the gingerbread man’s eyes. In the instant film spirit, I chose to preserve their organic appearance and embrace the flaws.
I hope you enjoyed this light painting gallery and feel inspired to create some of your own holiday long exposure photos. Merry Christmas to you and yours!