I spend a lot of down time browsing pinterest for inspiration and ideas for all of my artistic outlets. One day I came across a pin by Play at Home Mom for the glow stick xylophone shown here. I thought wow what a cool idea for a photograph and pinned it for later. Well I ran across some glow stick in the dollar store today and decided to give it a go.
My boyfriend and I immediately noticed that there was no aura given off by the glow sticks in the test shots we did. We tried a couple different shots with and without flashes and nada! Since we thought we had failed, we decided to do some light paintings with the glow sticks so they would not go to a complete waste.
That's when it hit us it's a light painting! We used a creepy naked baby from our photography prop box to illustrate the child in the photo playing the xylophone as we don't have any children at our disposal. We set the baby down in place then turned off all the lights. You will want the room to be pretty dark so that hands do not show up in the picture. You will need to set the camera on a tripod or hard surface and set it up for a long exposure. We used a shutter release cable with the camera set in bulb mode and an external flash. If you don't have an external flash you can "paint" the scene with a flash light. We started the exposure then brought the glasses down from the top and set them in front of the baby one by one creating a light trail. After we sat down the last glass we manually fired the external flash to expose the rest of the scene (creepy baby). Viola magical xylophone aura!
Light paintings are fun to play around with and danbo is much cuter than the creepy baby so we had to do one with him as well.
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