We recently finished our 'light painting assignment' in our advanced photography class, and I am just thrilled with the results. We'll include these in our Shanghai Expat Expo show (we're doing a joint show at the HWAS Gallery in Shanghai with 8 schools in the area)- I chose one photo from each student, an incredibly difficult task given the quality of their work. You can see the rest of their photographs here.
These were the project parameters:
You will need to find two locations for this assignment, 1 indoor and 1 outdoor.
You will end with a total of five final photographs. At least two in each location (3 in one, 2 in the other)
For your outdoor assignments: Find an interesting location away from your own backyard. It should be somewhere that is dark, although it may have some light (remember that your shutter will be open for a long time so it can't be that bright).
For all assignments: Make sure that you think about positioning your models/objects along the Z axis.
Create a composition by highlighting details within the frame of the camera with the flashlight.
Include 2 people, or a person and an object. One (or both) of these things should be 'altered with light'. You can use light to make them transparent, drawn on or around them with light, or have them draw in the air with light.
1. Create a 3D drawing in air using a laser pointer, LED, or LED flashlight. Try and re-create a space in your house (or other dark indoor location) with objects and 'things' created out of light. Remember that things closer to the camera should appear drawn bigger than things away from the camera.
One person in your photograph is painted in a number of different locations in the same photograph. This should include some suggestions of difference - emotions, positions, etc.
Abstraction. Using lights, create an abstract composition. YES- this may have realistic elements in it (people, objects, etc).