On Friday, November 8, students from the Photography and Film class explored light painting.
Light painting is a photographic technique that has been practiced since the late nineteenth century, and allows one to illuminate a subject or space by moving a light source while taking a long-exposure photograph. Exposure is the amount of light per unit area that reaches a photographic film or electronic image sensor; it is mainly determined by a camera’s shutter speed, or the time length a camera shutter is left open.
Short exposure photographs have short shutter speeds; this means that the camera shutter is open for only a small period of time. This allows for stunning photographs which seem to almost freeze motion and bring to light details which might not have been visible otherwise. On the other hand, long exposure photographs have long shutter speeds; this means that the camera shutter is open for a longer period of time. This exposure was the one used by the Photography and Film students in their light painting. It allows for the camera to clearly capture stationary elements, while smearing or blurring elements in motion to create eye-catching effects.
After thorough lessons on the techniques behind light painting by teacher Ms. Erika Morales, as well as technology staff members Mrs. Rosselyn Porras and Ms. Denisse Gómez, students began experimenting with light painting in a completely darkened room in the Technology building.
Students used professional cameras and equipment to take their photographs, and used light from their phones and glow sticks to ‘paint’ their photos with light. Though it was their first time performing such an advanced technique, they did very well and were able to create good products!
Overall, the Photography and Film students thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Although it was challenging, they were able to learn much from it. When interviewed, many individuals acknowledged that there was room for improvement in terms of their light painting ability; however, they all clearly showed their enthusiasm for photography, their perseverance to constantly improve their skills, and their desire to eventually completely succeed in light painting.
This wonderful class and its innovative projects have been proof of ANS’ growing commitment towards fostering greater creativity and appreciation for the arts in the community!