LED Light Painting

LED Light Painting

A few years back I wanted to make a LED Light Painting kit. I came up with two 6 volt batteries and a string of LED Lights. I asked the local LED store to help me with this crazy project. We came up with this crazy setup. Two 6 volt batteries costing $12 each. $24 and a string of light I over paid for at $20 from the guys that helped me put it together. My first attempts I put the lights on a child’s shield. I found this worked but it was far from the best way to do it. I found the movement of me moving about taking the picture waving it around was breaking the connection of the lights. My second attempt that works best is to lay the lights in a circle on the ground and move the camera about.

Summary
Painting light with LED is best when you put the lights on the ground on a black background. This way you can move the camera on the slow shutter to get the look you really want. I was shooting in my living room at dusk so the room was quite light. Below are the max setting of f22 and iso 100 to get it as dark as I could.

F22
Slow shutter set at .08
ISO 100
no flash triggered

When the lights are in a circle move take the pictures and move the camera up and way to get the effects in the pictures below.
You can see all testing I did and the camera settings at my https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcbusinesshub/albums/72157627744794738 Testing

DIY Custom LED Light Painting Kit

DIY Custom LED Light Painting Kit More Details on this setup

LED Light Painting

LED Light Painting

Slow Shutter LED

Slow Shutter LED

LED Light Painting Lines

LED Light Painting Lines

Black and White LED Light Painting Lines

Black and White LED Light Painting Lines

LED Spin Photography

LED Spin Photography

LED Light Painting testing

LED Light Painting testing

Adding faces to LED Light Painting

Adding faces to LED Light Painting

 

Light Painting Photoshop

Light Painting Photoshop

Nikon D3 Shutter Replacement

Nikon D3 Shutter Replacement (Nikon Canada)

2016 is NOT a good year for the Nikon D3 Shutter Replacement. I saw a Nikon D3 on Craigslist for $750 with 320k. I figure I would buy it and replace the inner workings and use my NPS membership to get 20% off the servicing. I was going to offer $500 and figure a $500 Nikon make over would do the job. With the labor of my time and send the camera from Vancouver to Toronto to do the work that would be worth $200. So I would get refurbished D3 at the end of the day for $1200 ish. This is not how it played out.

I found the Nikon D3 Shutter Replacement was not possible by Nikon or anywhere else because as Nikon puts it “parts have been discontinued by Nikon Japan due to the age of the product”
Here is a list of the products Nikon will service.
https://help.nikon.ca/app/answers/detail/a_id/19313

Been as the Nikon D3 cannot get any work done on it I did not buy the second hand Nikon D3.

Nikons says
“We do not provide repairs on products whose parts have been discontinued such as the D3. The D3s will be a serviceable item until approximately June 2018.”

Nikon D3s Shutter Replacement

I have a Nikon D3s and see that this model not discontinued as of Feb 21, 2016. I think good I will do some maintenance on it like I do on my car. The Nikon D3s has 230,000 shutters and the rated for 300,000. DSLR Life Expectancy I figure will go in and get the shutter mechanicals replaced while I still can. At around 100,000 shutters I was shooting black frames and Nikon fixed it for $500. I had no idea what they fixed because the $500 was for them to do a good once over of the body to correct any issues.
I found this excellent post detailing what items I want replaced.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/40001009

So I wanted to send in my working Nikon D3s to get all the mirror-box mechanicals replaced in one trip. I figure the $500 would do it like before. Now Nikons says “in this case the next pricing range will have to be considered ($749.99 plus taxes).” $749.99 is a lot of money to put into a Nikon D3s that could get discontinued any day now. Event if I do all those changes I could add to problems I did not have before to a discontinued Nikon D3s body.

I read a Nikon D4 got a shutter replacement for $326
http://aboutphotography-tomgrill.blogspot.ca/2015/06/replacing-shutter-in-nikon-d4-camera.html

Nikon Controlling ALL Repairs as of 2012

How Nikon is Killing Camera Repair
http://ifixit.org/blog/1349/how-nikon-is-killing-camera-repair/http://ifixit.org/blog/1349/how-nikon-is-killing-camera-repair/

Summary
Nikon has taken control over all repairs as of 2012. I can’t go to my local shop to keep my Pro Nikon Body going. After 6 years a PRO Nikon body is worthless and it seems Nikon is pushing this direction and forcing consumers to purchase new equipment.

I don’t think I will pay $750 (Plus Tax)  for the work on my Nikon D3s because next week it maybe discontinued and Nikon will not be willing to work on it. That $750 turns into around $1000 ish after taxes and shipping. To put $1000 into a working Nikon D3s does not make senses.

Update:
Nikon days the D3s will not be discontinued until June 2018.
“The D3s will be a serviceable item until approximately June 2018.”
It looks like Nikon D3s was released in 2010 making the Nikon D3s having a life span of around 8 years if you get it as soon as it comes out. For me it was 6 years.

Nikon D5 replacement $6499.99 after tax $7279.99
Life time of 6 years before discontinued estimate.

$7279.99 / 6 years = $1213.33 per year
$1,213.33 / 365 days = $3.32 per day
Then discontinued and parts can’t be found.

Nikons Discontinue Grave Yard
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/discontinue/

NPS Nikon D3 Shutter Replacement

Mark Teasdale Nikon NPS

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers  – With Valentines Day coming this weekend its a great time to do some Light Painting. If you have flowers in the house don’t toss them away! Light paint them. I find the most interesting are the Lily.  When the pebbles fall off just keep them.

Items needed to Light Painting Dead Flowers .

  • Sheet of glass (I take a sheets out of glass out of my picture frames)
  • Flashlights
  • Duck tape or Gaffers Tape
  • Black cloth
  • Know manual settings on your camera
  • Remote Trigger is good so you don’t shake the camera on long exposures. If you don’t have one use the remote timer to get around the shake.

I found an old picture frame in storage and took the glass out. I washed it with soap and it was perfect. As I setup the tripod I knocked the glass to the floor. SO I started this project by smashing my glass by mistake. SHHhhh don’t tell the wife. Needless to say be more careful than I was and don’t bust your glass. I could still use the glass for what I was going to do but it won’t be as pretty of a setup. *GRIN*

Broken Glass

Broken Glass

I have lots of lights here are a few. I find most the lights now are LED now and they are way too bright. To get around this I use a snoot I create out of tape. A snoot light modifier is seen at the top of this image. It is a tube of Gaffers tape I put on the end of the flash light to direct the light. I can then use the snoot to direct the light to where I want it with out the hard LED light. I used the snoot tube to paint light like a paint brush back and forth when taking the long exposure image.

Light Paining Flash Lights

Light Paining Flash Lights

I put my broken glass under 2 boxes of shoes to hold the glass from breaking any further. I have the glass hanging off the table. I have a black sheet under the glass and used the sheet to hide some of the white table so I don’t get reflections off the white table. The reason I use glass hanging in mid air is so I can get light under the images and give the illusion of the flower floating in mid air.

Camera Setup

Camera Setup

To find my camera settings see them on my flickr page where I uploaded more samples. You will see I used 2 different lenes. I used a macro lens and another. Lens does not really matter unless you are after a certain look. I shot in an almost dark room and some shots where 20 seconds long while I light painted with the flash lights.
Camera Settings are see on the image pages on flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcbusinesshub/albums/72157662245152283

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Here you can see the flash light move in the top left and all the specs look like stars but they are dust on the mirror.

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

Light Painting Dead Flowers

 

Before After Portrait

Before After Portrait

I took a basic picture and used the image for my facebook cover and my iPhone wallpaper. These Before After Portrait pictures shows how much can be done after the picture is taken. To do these edits I used Photoshop, Lightroom, and Protrait Pro.  Lightroom first over to Photoshop over to Portrait Pro and back to Lightroom. I took the picture of the fog in 2009. I would go up the mountain 7 times in a day for many days to get this image. It is very rare to get the Vancouver fog in a position like this. Some years it does not happen at all. So I thought this would be a good picture to add my face to. My face maybe too sharp for some showing too much detail or modified detail but I like it. I find I go through stages of what I like and learn and move on many times. For now this is my grungy or crunchy thing.

Facebook Cover Vancouver Fog

Facebook Cover Vancouver Fog

Before After Portrait

Raw image out of camera

Before After Portrait

After Portrait

Before After Portrait

Black & White After Picture

Iphone Wallpaper

Iphone Wallpaper

 

Taking Self Portraits

Taking Self Portraits

I like to allow people to take their own portrait or Taking Self Portraits sometimes. Tonight I had people over to watch the Super Bowl. I had my camera setup with a strobe in the back room. I asked one of the guys if he wanted to get his portrait taken because everything was setup. Like many guys he is not too keen. I told him I have 2 videos to show him. So I plugged my notebook into the TV and showed him 2 of Peter Hurleys Videos. One is how to hide the double chin and the other is how to get the eyes just right. Peter is a New York Photographer that specialized in Portraits or head shots for Actors. These days he focuses on teaching. I have taken classes with in Vegas at Photoshop World and have followed him for years. These videos have over 2 million views each.

1.) It’s all about the Jaw!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3oJnFtA_k

2.) It’s all about the Squinch!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff7nltdBCHs

After watching these 2 videos he was confident and curious to try the process.

Home Camera setup
– Black sheet taped to the wall. (Gaffers Tape is best)
– Small White board $1.99 to tape up if he wants a white background.
– Camera plugged into a remote trigger.
– Strobe on a stand shooting above the camera. (Flash on camera will do it)
– Notebook plugged into the camera tethering using Lightroom  (Tethering Tip)

To see camera setting you can find the images on flickr. I have over 45,000 images here. I use flickr to catalog every time I shoot and it helps me find images to make composites.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcbusinesshub/24889513335/in/dateposted-public/

Taking Self Portraits Update: I was asked “Did you use AF (Autofocus)?
I had the camera settings on Manual and locked in at f8. The center of focus was centered right in the middle of his head. I explained where the focus was so he could keep things sharp. He could see from the notebook that was tethered if the picture was out of focus or not after every shot. Having sharp eyes is key to a good portrait. When we changed things up to shoot slow shutter we locked in the focus because it was too dark in the room for the autofocus to lock on.  So we used Autofocus shooting in the light and locked in focus when shooting in the dark slow shutter conditions.

With all that camera setup you can stand in front of the camera press the remote and see the images right on your notebook. This way he could see the images as they came off the camera. As we shot the pictures we would talk about what to change what would be better. After a bit I asked if he wanted to mix it up with some slow shutter and had fun explaining light painting.
Here are the results from 30 mins shooting and around 1 hour editing.

Note: As I helped I was making sure the focus was sharp. Checking camera settings. Checking lighting setup as we changed backgrounds. Thinking about wardrobe changes and what props I could drop in.  Giving some hints about how to stand to give better results. So it really is a “Taking Self Portraits” with an assistant that knows photography to orchestrate and edit.

This image shows a hat I found in the closet and I gave him a collar shirt that worked better with his coat

This image shows a hat I found in the closet and I gave him a collar shirt that worked better with his coat

 Taking Self Portraits with a funny wing and hat

I grabbed a funny wing and hat to mix things up a bit

Led Light Painting Portriat

Dragged a LED flashlight in the background. The flash snapped him still and then I dragged the lines with the LED. You can see his head moved by the shadow to the left

Slow Shutter Portrait

I always like to mix things up with Slow Shutter to capture the images a bit different. Here we counted to 3. 1 Main flash for the middle image. 2 moved to the left and I pointed a flash light as his head. 3 moved to the right and pointed a flash light as his head. I did it to show him and then he did it himself. He got better each time because he was seeing the results on the notebook.

Wall Mural Art New York

Taking Self Portraits turns into wall art in one of my street photos.

Oh ye cant forget some stupid crap I was playing around with on twitter with my son.

Oh ye cant forget some stupid crap I was playing around with on twitter with my son.

 

Water Balloon Hat Self Portrait

Water Balloon Hat Self Portrait

I have let my hair grow very long and thought I would document it before getting it cut. For this Water Balloon Hat Self Portrait I figured I will need a water balloon hat. I used a product called trigger trap to trigger the camera as soon as it heard the pop. Blowing some air into the water balloons helps make the pop sound a little louder so trigger trap can catch the right second it pops. The final image is of 3 images I put into Photoshop to make one image. Self Portraits are mostly basic images so the Water Balloon Hat adds that something a little bit different.

Water Balloon Hat

Water Balloon Hat

Water Balloon Hat Self Portrait

Water Balloon Hat Self Portrait

Stages to make the image

Stages and some of the images I used to make the final image

Mark Teasdale

Mark Teasdale

Previous Projects with Trigger Trap

Smashing Glass with a BB GUN
I used Trigger Trap to smashing items using a BB Gun I picked up at Canadian Tire. In this project I had used a Winchester CO2 Pistol. I needed to get eye protection because of the flying glass

The Universe does not like to sip Boylan's Ginger Ale

Smashing Glass Project

In this project I used a basic $35 BB gun to pop balloons. I then used Photoshop to make a wine glass out of water and added fire.

How I did Fire and Water Wine Glass

Water Wine Glass

 

Nine OClock Gun in Stanley Park Vancouver

Nine OClock Gun

I met Marcel Pepin a Vancouver photographer last weekend. He showed me a Nine OClock Gun picture from Stanley Park he had taken from the fall. I told him the next time I see him I will get one like it. The problem is I have to wait until the fall.

Tonight I went out to see if my setting would be right for this cannon. I parked too far away to get there in time. As soon as I got there I dropped my gear looked at the time and it was 8:57PM. I had the wrong lens on but never had time to mess around I dialed in the settings. Put my hand on my tripod and the lights started going off warning the cannon is about to go off. I put the tripod down and mounted the camera. Took a picture and too dark. Did another setting and focus test red light is on to say it is going off. BOOM it goes as I took these with a 70-200mm too close. Good for the first try. Now I need to go back with the right lens and more time of year to get the city in the right light.

Multiple frame of the canon going off seen on my flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcbusinesshub/albums/72157661479656123

For more information on the 9’OClock Gun
http://www.stanleyparkvan.com/stanley-park-van-attraction-nine-oclock-gun.html

Photoshop and Lightroom are used to create the image below.
Layer 1 City in focus
Layer 2 Canon in focus with shot

Nine OClock Gun

Nine OClock Gun