The world of light painting is infinite it appears. It may well contain something from sweeping epic landscapes with mild painted buildings, proper right down to macro pictures carried out indoors. One artist has developed an interesting strategy of utilizing stencils to create her stunning photos.
Brazilian photographer and multimedia artist Juliana Lauletta has been utilizing this stencil method for years, honing it right into a high-quality craft. She spoke to DIYP about the place she will get her inspiration, and generously shares her suggestions for making your personal light-painted art work.
“When individuals ask me about the place I get my inspiration from, I at all times say that I want I had one thing really magic and galvanizing to say however in actuality, my reply is kind of cliché and boring: my inspiration comes from in all places,” Juliana says, considerably humbly. “Artwork is expression and due to this fact very private,” she continues. “No matter is going on in our lives turns into the driving pressure behind our work. So the themes for the images will differ in line with the occasions in my life.”
Juliana says that for a few years she puzzled how she may create completely different pictures utilizing mild portray. “I actually loved spinning wool and making orbs however I used to be lacking extra conceptual components in my work. I needed to inform extra tales relatively than simply seize mild trails,” she explains.
Her first ‘profitable’ mild painted picture can be “Rolling on the River” which she made by turning the London Eye right into a hamster wheel. A witty tackle the rat race of London life.
After that Juliana was hooked. Nonetheless, circumstances intervened which meant that Juliana needed to utterly change her manner of working. Sadly, years of carrying heavy digital camera tools and hours spent modifying photos and video had left Juliana with extreme bodily limitations. She was actually compelled to make her world smaller, and switch her bed room into a lightweight portray studio.
Gone had been the epic areas, however now Juliana challenged herself to proceed to discover and create underneath these new constraints. She purchased a blackout curtain, hung a black sheet as a backdrop and began to experiment. “I used to be in a tough monetary state of affairs so my price range was a most of £3 kilos every week for provides that I used to be largely getting from the Pound Outlets or simply recycling issues,” she says. “I created a bunch of sunshine instruments product of low cost fairy lights, LED torches (with balloon suggestions for creating colors) and LED toys all wrapped up with black PVC tape.” She used black cardstock to make cutouts that had been made into stencils after which sealed with clear adhesive tape.
Expressing myself via my photos has grow to be a vital a part of my life and has made a significant impression in my psychological well being.
– Juliana Lauletta
Juliana makes use of a Nikon D750 and a number of other completely different lenses, nonetheless, she stresses that the kind of digital camera isn’t necessary, you need to use virtually something to create photos like these. “Discover and create with no matter you’ve got within the second,” she says, “for mild portray you need to use any digital camera that makes lengthy exposures.”
She makes use of quite a lot of LED lights and torches, together with youngsters’s toys, cellular screens or something that has lights in it. To start with, she was utilizing largely fairy lights however as a consequence of environmental considerations, she switched t a chargeable choice and now makes use of RGB LED lights with distant controls for the colors.
“I prepare the LEDs collectively by soldering the variety of lights that I need for every device. I additionally use modifiers on high of the lights, like fibre-optic cables, plexiglass, plastic gadgets (bottles, spoons, cups, and so on), and resin props that I make and I’m at all times testing completely different supplies to see how they work together with mild.”
“The concept is to create the entire picture in-camera in a single single lengthy publicity,” Juliana explains. “Not solely to make the method attention-grabbing but additionally to protect my arm and backbone from having to work an excessive amount of on the pc.”
“First I work on an concept that I need to current and I draw a fast draft,” says Juliana. “Then I construct the props or collect the supplies. Typically it’s a stencil, different instances is an object that I paint with metallic spray paint to make it reflective, generally it’s a glass or clear object.”
Juliana arranges her objects in a composition (utilizing a black background), mounts the digital camera on a tripod and units the publicity to “Bulb” with a distant set off. She then seems the lights and begins to light up the weather one after the other to color them with mild.
For the stencils, she attracts the picture in black cardstock (or black adhesive vinyl), cuts it out and locations it inside a big black field that has had the underside half eliminated, just like a shadow puppet theatre field. She then illuminates the stencil from behind utilizing completely different mild sources to create completely different textures. “If I need a couple of texture I masks every a part of the design and paint them individually,” Juliana says. The field incorporates the lights, stopping them from leaking and ruining the remainder of the picture.
Juliana says that you will need to hold every part black to keep away from any mild reflecting and exhibiting in your publicity. So all of the instruments are painted black and he or she additionally wears black gloves whereas capturing. Moreover, she usually makes use of a couple of method mixed. Like in-camera double exposures, formed bokeh, kaleidoscopes, or spirographs.
The entire course of is kind of experimental. There are such a lot of issues concerned other than pictures: drawing, designing, paper slicing, crafting the props and the instruments and hand actions.
The post-processing is the occasional clear up of specks and some other small components that may be distracting. Juliana additionally enhances the distinction, saturation and color hues of the pictures. The LED lights are fairly restricted concerning the shades of colors, so she tweaks the colors to make the pictures as stunning as potential.
Juliana says that probably the most tough facet is working at nighttime. “Not solely as a result of it’s onerous to see however as a result of I’m a bit clumsy,” she admits. “I kick my tripod and I drop my objects in the midst of the publicity on a regular basis. So I’m always crawling at nighttime and fumbling across the flooring to search out my instruments or remotes. I’m certain it seems to be fairly humorous if individuals may see me doing it.”
She additionally stresses that creating a picture is time-consuming. It entails a whole lot of trial and error and often takes many hours to finish, particularly concerning the publicity. Every color and lightweight device registers in a different way in digital camera. Additionally, relying on the shade and depth of the sunshine device, she has to light up the article for various quantities of time.
Due to this, Juliana at all times makes assessments first. After that, she makes certain she will get the instances proper when mixing the colors. She additionally takes the time to observe the perfect hand actions to seize the lights easily with out many bumps.
For any photographers wanting to offer this a go, Juliana is cautious to specific how diverse the outcomes will be. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and don’t get too impatient, this method takes time.
She would additionally prefer to impart to photographers the significance of taking care of their bodily well being, notably when capturing. “Don’t push it to the restrict as I did and please watch out when carrying your gear round,” she says, “cease resting the digital camera round your neck, the worth is just too excessive.”
I’m certain you’ll agree that Juliana’s photos are completely stunning, and I discover her methods for creating them fairly fascinating to look at. There actually is nearly magic concerned as the ultimate picture seems out of nowhere.
Juliana says that she would love to pull extra photographers “into the sunshine” so to talk. For those who’d prefer to see extra of Juliana’s work or maybe attempt it for your self, you may comply with her on Instagram or take a look at her website.