Light Painting Bubbles in Online Night Photography Class

If you want to learn how to do something, teach it. With every presentation I give and every workshop I teach, I always learn something from the participants. In a way, I feel guilty, cause it’s kind of like I’m being paid to go to school. But I’ll get over it.

In addition to presentations, workshops, and photo tours, I teach an online night photography class each month with my friend Donna Eaton. One really cool thing about an online course is that you get a mix of folks from all over the world and so you get to experience many different locations through their eyes. Every month I add to my list of “must-see” photo destinations. Another benefit is that each student brings a unique approach and creativity, and each of us, students and instructors alike, learn from each other.

For the light-painting assignment in my January class, Kathy Lloyd Boehm created a really cool shot in her backyard with the help of her husband. I’d like to share it with you.

Light painting bubbles

Photo by Kathy Lloyd Boehm. Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-105 lens, f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 320.

Here’s Kathy, in her own words, describing the shot:

“For this week’s assignment for “Painting with Light,” I wanted to color something ethereal and fleeting. Bubbles came to mind. My husband held a battery-operated bubble maker about ten feet from my camera. The camera was on the tripod at approximately the same height as his hand. While making the bubbles, he also pointed a non-filtered LED flashlight sideways at the bubbles, for a second light source that would give them shape. Using a piece of blue stained glass taped to the flash as a filter, I tethered the flash to the camera with a TTL cord and pointed it down at the bubbles from above for each exposure. To ensure a totally black background, he was standing with the open yard behind him. There was a light breeze, so it took a number of exposures to get the bubbles just right. Noise was not an issue as it was around 35 degrees.”

Great job, Kathy!

To see more of Kathy’s photography, visit her website or Facebook page.

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4 Responses to “Light Painting Bubbles in Online Night Photography Class”

  1. Kathy Boehm Says:

    Thanks for the “exposure” and kind words. Your teaching methods, examples and feedback in our Night Photography class are top notch. You give us just enough direction to bring out our creativity and you don’t limit our options. It’s always a thrill to come up with something new, and this photo is my most recent favorite.
    Thank you!
    Proof Positive Photography

  2. Kevin Adams Says:

    Thanks Kathy! And thanks for sharing your creation with us.

  3. markalan Says:

    This is a very original and clever idea that demonstrates how broad “night photography” is becoming.
    Congratulations to Kathy and her teacher.

  4. Kevin Adams Says:

    Thanks Mark! I agree, I think this was a very clever idea.

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