Light Painting

Light Painting is a technique used to light an image with a hand-held light during a long exposure. You may also see it referred to as Painting with Light. I do quite a lot of this.



Back in the days of film I shot a lot of Kodak HIE infrared. Since that was discontinued I've had a DSLR converted into a dedicated infrared camera.

Apposites Attract

Roller Girls

Since starting to shoot roller derby a couple of years ago I've been dragging rollergirls into the studio and shooting them skating around in the dark covered in lights.


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Apricity – Translucence V

With Kirsty as model, yellow did indeed become the 5th colour in this series – after a brief, but futile, attempt to get a deep blue fabric to work. Only later did I realise that the light I was using, being incandescent, doesn’t put out a lot of blue light. So expecting expecting a strong blue glow from it was a bit optimistic. Yellow did the trick though, and produced a more accurate colour than the previous two images. One more to complete this series. Probably electric pink. Probably.

Lunate – Translucence IV

This image of Sharon is the 4th image in my ongoing Translucence series and, as with the others, the colour of the fabric has been a big part of making each image unique. The only complication has been that the colour of the final image is never quite the same as the colour of the fabric used. This stuff was quite definitely purple, but what I’ve got is perhaps closer to pink. The next one will probably be yellow. Probably.


My friend and once regular model, Sarah, decided it was time to come back into the studio and model for me again. So I dug out some of the organza fabric and we set about taking this shot. She held this pose, with an upside down head, six times while I did my usual thing and tried to get the lighting just right. It’s one of my favourite images in a long time. It’s good to have you back in the saddle Sarah.


After taking the Translucence image of Meg I decided I wanted to do some more in that style. So I bought a pile of different colours of organza with the intention of shooting a series – and in a strange twist of fate, I bout the whole lot in the very chain of fabric shops that I used to spend many bored hours in as a child while my mother was picking dressmaking fabric. Ash came in to pose for the green one, and did nailed it on the first exposure. Thanks Ash.

Camera Clubs

It’s camera club talk season, and over the next few months I have three scheduled.

  • 04/10/2011 – Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
  • 11/11/2011 – Inverclyde
  • 01/02/2012 – Stirling

I’ve been to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth once before, so I’m looking forward to meeting some new people at Inverclyde and Stirling.

Elaine Ford

Last week I spent a little time in the studio giving some light painting pointers to my friend McInnes. By way of demonstration I took this shot of the fabulous Elaine Ford. Makeup by Jak Morgan.