Creating Magical Images with Lights & Photography

"Photography III students programmed their cameras to the slowest possible shutter speed in order to exaggerate the movement of light in these mesmerizing pictures."

Photography III students recently took to the streets to paint with light. Photography Instructor Karey Walter challenged her students to program their cameras to the slowest possible shutter speed in order to exaggerate the movement of light in these mesmirising photos. This creative process allowed students to explore the physics behind long exposure. Long exposure involves manually overriding the shutter for longer periods of time to exaggerate the movement of light. Students were required to test the exposure time while taking the picture, and this at least a 30 second exposure. Students, also, had to support their camera equipment with a tripod and manually focus each image.

The project was slow and time consuming, but the results are magical. Students experimented and played with exposure time, distance from the subject, depth of field, movement of their subject and the color of light to capture stunning effects; others used a flashlight, and light wands, while others worked with Thomas Cooper (Engineering) to construct devices of different props in Lovett’s community Makerspace to create alluring effects. In these images, you can see some of the different settings students choose, such as parks, playgrounds, basements, and abandoned buildings to tell their story.
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