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You can actually us a fresh-cut flower for this–I found this beautiful flower in my garden.
Use large, clear water beads to make it appear your flower is floating in the middle of the vase. Hint: If you are drawing your own symbol, only draw one side, and then duplicate and flip it so that both sides are identical. Create a new Photoshop document at 1920×1200 (or whatever screen resolution you are targeting). Place the first texture on a layer above the symbol, scale it down so that it just covers the symbol, desaturate it (Cmd+Shift+U) and then (Cmd+click) the bat symbol’s layer thumbnail to load the layer as a selection.
To create the highlights, I simply took a soft white brush set to 30% opacity and used different brush sizes to paint these highlights. I placed the texture on a background layer and inverted it (Cmd+i) and then set the layer’s blend mode to Opacity. Finally, I used a large soft white brush with a low opacity to paint subtle light on a layer above the background texture. We do the best to provide high-quality products that you can use in your commercial projects.You bet!
Can somebody show me how to do this on Photoshop touch on the iPad I’m just trying to make a iPhone custom backplate and I need plain black back with the Batman symbol instead of the apple logo. An inside look at local politics practiced from Chicago’s City Hall to the Statehouse in Springfield, from Chicago Tribune reporters.
To get started with moderating, editing, and deleting comments, please visit the Comments screen in the dashboard. We've all been painting our nails since the grade school slumber party days, but a good French manicure is one nail trick that seems almost impossible to master at home. A pale pink base and bright white tips have come to characterize the ever-so-popular French manicure, which, believe it or not, is a common request at nail salons everywhere. Now (luckily) with all the new nail advances, it's easy to score a salon-worthy mani right in the comfort of your own home. If you really want to recreate the spa experience at home, dip your hands in a bowl of warm water and let them soak for a minute or two.
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The Light Painting Brushes System works by allowing photographers to universally connect literally millions of light emitting devices to a limitless array of light modifying devices. The Light Painting Brushes System is built on one single piece of hardware, The Universal Connector.
Practically anything can be considered a light painting photography tool and used to create a photograph, the following list are just some of the more common tools. Cable releases, also know as a shutter release or intervalometer, come in varying degrees of complexity and are a great addition to a light painting photographers arsenal. The first thing that you need to create a light painting photograph is a camera with manual controls.
The Digital Light Wand was created by Michael Ross it is a RGB light strip, that with the use of a little computer programming can create the most intricate light painting images. Similar to the Digital Light Wand created by Michael Ross a few years earlier the Pixel Stick is an computerized piece of light painting genius that will allow you to create just about anything your creative little brain can dream up.
Fireworks are used to produce some of the most dramatic effects that you can create in light painting photography, and they are the most fun to work with. Flashlight and torches and the backbone of any light painter’s arsenal, we consider them our brushes.
Size and Weight: Light painters often have to travel long distances to arrive on location so the lighter you can make you gear the better. LED key lights are prefect for freehand drawing in your light painting creations and are also great for creating great starburst effects because they are super bright!!! Neutral Density Filter also known as and ND filter is a dark, color neutral filter that is used as a way to control the amount of light reaching the film or sensor.
If you’re an Illustrator guru, jump in and draw a similar shape, or feel free to embellish it a bit with your own creative flare. Press (Cmd+Shift+i) to invert the selection and press the delete key to remove any texture outside the bat symbol shape. For the background texture I used a selection from the White Grunge collection here at WeGraphics.
We do the best to provide high-quality products that our subscribers can use in their commercial projects. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. Even in France, where it's considered an American invention, this kind of mani is called "la French." Too funny, huh? Pick up a French manicure kit at your local beauty supply store (for longer lasting color, try a gel nail one), or invest in some sheer pink and white polish to easily do it yourself.
The Universal Connector is the key that unlocks the Light Painting Brushes System and it makes limitless light painting tools universal, simple, and affordable! Please search the blog and tutorial pages for other tools that may not be listed here and for creative uses for the ones that are listed below.
It is controlled with a powerful micro controller that can be programmed via a USB connection to your computer. The Pixelstick is a small miracle to the world of stop motion and light painting animation.
The more lumens the brighter you torch will be and the further you can throw the beam of light. Flashlights with a focusable beam are best for light painting photography for the versatility they provide. They are also known as colored gels or lighting gels they are used in light painting photography to produce specific colors when flashes or flashlights are shined through them.
They can be very expensive, prices range from a few dollars for a keychain laser pointer, up into the thousands of dollars for lasers that can actually start fires. ND filters can be used to light paint during the daylight hours or when the light source is extremely bright.
They come in several different colors, including the color changing variety, and can also be set on fire. More specifically Gaffers Tape, Gorilla Tape, and Duct Tape have countless uses in light painting photography. Tripods come in a variety of sizes and materials, carbon fiber tripods are a great choice they are lightweight and strong, but they can be very expensive. Page And the winner for the March 2016 Light Painting Photography Contest is… Riders of Light for the excellent image above! Just place the hydrated water bead crystals to the height you’d like the flower to rest.
If you’re not familiar with drawing in Illustrator, you can download my vector bat symbol here. Copy and paste the bat symbol vector on a new layer within the document and scale it to the center. If you’re not a member of WeGraphics any good metal texture will give a similar effect.
Again, if you’re not a member of WeGraphics (you should be) you can use any other subtle gray or white texture. Use the opposite end of the cuticle pusher to remove any dirt and grime from underneath your nails. We see it every day, social networks are filled up with multiple great photos, published by great photographers hoping that their work will be massively shared. The more complex the more expensive they get, prices vary from $20.00 up into the hundreds of dollars. The software that you need to program the Digital Light Wand is readily available on over the internet.
It can be used for many different applications, it is commonly used in light painting photography to create a smoke or fog look. Different bulbs will have different color temperatures, generally LED bulbs will give off a whiter (or cooler) light than an incandescent type bulb.
Chemical glow sticks are disposable and for a single use, the light is generally more even over the length of the glow stick, as opposed to the LED glow sticks that can be brighter on the ends.
Lasers can create some very dramatic light painting effects but they can be dangerous to use and should never be pointed directly into someone’s eye.
If you have been light painting for awhile getting a different lens can make you feel like a photographic virgin. A good ND filter is one that is adjustable like the Vivitar Variable NDX filter you just need to make sure you get the right diameter to fit your existing lens.
The performance art of Poi was created by Maori people of New Zealand and it is a performance art in which a ball or balls suspended from a length of flexible material are held in the hand and swung in circular patterns. Gaffers tape is best to use when you need to remove it and don’t want to leave any stick residue behind, it is a strong tape that will pull away clean, however it is expensive.


Some things to look for when you are purchasing a new tripod are the weight limitations, how high the tripod will extend, and if the tripod has levels built into it. This light painting is part of a series of creative images inspired by the character from the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess video game.
Higher end cable releases such as the Canon TC-80N3 allow for unlimited combinations of delay and exposure times.
The most common type of camera used in light painting is a digital camera for the simple fact that you can check your image instantly on location, instead of waiting to process the film. With this tool you can create custom text, patterns, picture, and intricate designs that you would not otherwise be able to achieve. I find that LED’s are much more versatile for light painting, the whiter light provides more of a blank canvas that you can apply colored gels to create your desired color. They can also be used to create lighting effects in front of the camera with reflected light.
LED glow sticks tend to give off more light than their chemical counterparts, they are battery operated and can be used over and over again. If you are shooting a portrait and you intend on using lasers for a light painting effect, tell your model to close their eyes.
The light that they produces can give a very similar look to neon or a cold cathode, for a tenth of the price and none of the wiring work. To create a light painting photograph the performer uses an illuminated ball or sets the poi ball on fire. The next best tape is Gorilla tape, it is excellent for making flash boxes light tight, and for securing anything you may need to secure. If you are going to spend a little extra money on a piece of light painting equipment I highly recommend that you spend it on the tripod. Please, let me share his extraordinary story with you.Mark Gee’s imagination and persistence has no limit. A cable release is not a necessity for light painting photography but they are a great accessory. Some cameras that are commonly used by light painters are the Canon 5d Mark II, the Canon 7d, and the less expensive but still awesome Canon EOS Series of Cameras. The main thing that you want to look for when getting a flash for light painting photography is the recycle time.
Like most of the light painting photography tools glow sticks have many uses, they are used for everything  from making orbs to coloring in a scene.
If you are light painting out in the darkness and you want to capture a starry sky in your scene, you will want a lens that will allow you to bring in the most light. During the long exposure the movement of the performer can create intricate patterns and designs. Duct tape is also a very good tape to have around when you are light painting, I cannot tell you how many bad situations having a good roll of tape can get you out of on location. You may not believe it, but this is the simple cause of his successful career in both film and photography industry.Having worked on movies like The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or Avatar, the highlight of his photography career happened pretty recently. The  recycle time of a flash refers to the time it takes it to recharge so that it can fire repeatedly. Glow sticks can be bought cheap and its nice to have a variety in your light painting tool kit.
When you open the shutter of your camera and light a scene for 30 minutes to come back and see your tripod has slipped it sucks. A good brand of tripod is Slik, more specifically the Slik 330 DX and Slik 580 DX depending on the weight of your camera gear.
Taking great photos is not enough, they need to be truly remarkable.The idea behind this article is to help you better communicate through your photography, and thus better persuade people. Every time I look at this contagious image, I can’t avoid immersing myself in an imaginary world… what if the stars owe all their beauty to a little lighthouse lost somewhere in New Zealand? This is another piece of light painting equipment that I would recommend spending a little extra money on. Maybe a little… don’t blame me for that!From the composition side, it’s a stunning panorama of the Milky Way arching over New Zealand's North Island coast. The best flash for light painting is probably the Canon Speedlite 580ex II, but most of the Speedlite flashes are pretty good with fast recycle times. Observe the way that the Milky Way appears to flow from the lighthouse, connecting the stars and the landscape.
In the middle of the image, you see the Galactic Center, by far the brightest part of our Galaxy.But the idea that got his work out there and noticed was his viral video Full Moon Silhouettes. Mark explains what happened this way:“I wanted to video the moon rising and revealing silhouettes up on a lookout in Wellington New Zealand.
This idea proved a lot harder than I had anticipated, and there were a lot of failed and frustrating attempts. But finally after a year of trying, I managed to pull off something that exceeded my expectations.I stayed up until 3am the next morning finding suitable music for my newly captured clip which I put together and uploaded it to Vimeo. I called it Full Moon Silhouettes (even though technically it was captured a day after the full moon) and when I awoke later that day, my email was full of hundreds of emails from people all over the world writing to me and thanking me for making the video.It had touched the hearts of people in ways I could have never imagined, and here they were sharing those moments with me.
This was certainly a very humbling experience for me, and one I will never forget.”For a detailed explanation on how Mark imagined, planned and shot the Full Moon Silhouettes, have a look at the article To the Moon and Back.Now, if I told you that Mark started his photography career in 2009, would you believe it? I bet you wouldn't!Well, it’s true… With a photography career only 4 years long, Mark Gee proved that you don’t need to be a Master with ages of experience to shoot contagious images. Don’t let the critic that dwells in you, your analytic mind, take over and get in control… Think big, focus and let your imagination fly.Immerse yourself in the creative process, look for a special location and do your research. You can get the complete Milky Way arching over the landscape, great for a panorama, or the band in vertical, diagonal and horizontal orientation.Sure, you’ll come up with multiple ideas of different compositions. Usually, you know the exact position you want the Galactic Center to be in your image, but you don’t know whether the scene is possible or when it occurs.
The International Dark Sky Association promotes preservation and protection of night skies across the globe for future generations. See light pollution maps of the entire world, along with dots that indicate good observing locations.Dark sky meter app (iOS): Want to measure what the actual light pollution is at your location? This is a fun app to have and it reports your findings directly to the International Dark Sky Association. It also gives cloud forecasts 3 days out, moon phase, dark sky times, etc.Do you wonder how does an unspoiled Night Sky look like? I personally prefer those that are isolated because they convey a sense of drama.I suppose it’s not difficult to find a nice rock in your area.
This makes them even more special and rare than arches, which result from a combination of other erosional forces.Again, if you’re not lucky to live near one of these natural wonders, do your research on the net. Check the list of longest natural arches on Wikipedia.Those of you living in the USA can’t miss the Arches National Park (Utah). With over 2,000 classified arches, Anasazi cliff dwellings, pictographs and white sandstone canyons, it’s a dream come true for all night photographers. LighthousesSome of the world's most essential buildings are lighthouses. Some of them have been crucial in many wars, suffering dramatic consequences from being in the battlefield.If you look into their past, you’ll find enigmas and surprising stories hidden behind the walls.
I ignore your opinion on these theories but the truth is that all these constructions will make your photos trap everyone's attention.
You can find more examples on the list of the oldest buildings in the world on Wikipedia.ModelsIntroducing a model in the mix can be challenging but also very rewarding. Sometimes, the story you want to tell needs the help of a human character to make it complete.
Sometimes visiting the same old haunts or taking the same types of photographs can get stale.
People working in these areas will know where to find unique points of interest.What are you waiting for?
Go and find a virgin location.Add a shooting starMeteors will turn a good Milky Way picture into a memorable one. So, when a meteor shower is coming up, make sure you’re ready to take action.Take a look at our guide to the best meteor showers. You'll find information about both the upcoming meteor showers and how to shoot them. During a meteor shower, meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris entering the Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds. Smaller fragments burn in the atmosphere producing a “shooting star”, but the bigger ones can really produce an amazing big fireball.Produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids is one of the best meteor showers that can be observed, with up to 60 meteors per hour.
But there are many more great meteor showers during the year. How do I predict meteor showers?
Before you start brainstorming and planning like crazy, there are five capital facts about the Milky Way that will help you point your creative mind in the right direction.You’ll find the core in the southern skiesKnowing the direction where you will find the core of the Milky Way is mandatory. In this case, the core will start to be visible to the southwest (Spring) or to the southeast (Fall and Winter).To conclue, don’t look for the core of the Milky Way in northern directions. Also, it always sets in the same direction.Surprised?The practical application of this fact is easy. 2 Move to find the right shooting spot for the composition you want.There is a hunting season for the Milky WayWhen should you start looking for the core of the Milky Way? Or even better, when is the best time of the year to shoot the Milky Way?During part of the year, the core of the Milky Way is not visible because it is blocked by the sun.


Because the galactic center is only above the horizon during daylight hours.When planning to shoot the Milky Way, you should find out the period of the year in which the galactic center is visible during nighttime. To narrow the search and get faster results, learn the starting and ending dates of the best period of the year to shoot the Milky Way.So, when is this?Northern HemisphereIn the Northern Hemisphere, the core is visible from March to October.
However, the best time for viewing it is from late April to late July, because the galactic center is visible for longer during the night. As months go by, the core becomes visible for longer and longer each night, being June and July the months with longer visibility.
Like the constellation of Sagittarius, the Galactic Center can only be visible from latitudes between +55° and -90°. Notice that during the summer the astronomical twilight never ends, so you’ll not have a completely dark sky.Southern HemisphereIn the Southern Hemisphere, the core is visible from February to October, being in the middle of the winter, June and July, when the core is most visible. If you want to know how the Galactic center visibility time and direction change throughout the year in a determined location, I recommend you to use PhotoPills 2D Milky Way Planner and move time continuously to see how visibility evolves.To better understand what I mean, watch the following video. The light will fall more on one side, and more shadows will be cast on the opposite side of the landscape elements, in this case, side lighting is ideal to render textures.Direct, front moonlight shows the pattern of the landscape elements in a flat, uninformative way, but side lighting creates shadows in every little rock. This can give an almost 3D effect to a photograph.The light is best starting about one to two hours after the moon rises.
It's when the moon will completely light the landscape, creating beautiful shadows that give volume to the elements.6Got an idea? My home.What I like about this natural bridge and makes it special is that behind it, 20 miles (32 km) away, is the crowded island of Mallorca, which heavy light pollution paints in red the arch of the bridge during the nights.
This is how the legend goes:“Only in the nights of new moon, when the stars dig deep into the very bowels of Hell, the Brave will find the star way back to the human world”I’ve always been fascinated by old sea stories and legends.
The truth is that too many seamen have been swallowed by the sea leaving their wife and children behind. The biggest white dot represents the Galactic Center, and marks the crossing point between the Galactic Center azimuth line and the Milky Way arch. Notice that the quality bar next to the Milky Way picture is not full.Jump to the next new moon date for the best conditions possible. To find out when it happens, move the time until the maximum elevation of the Milky Way Arch is 90° (read the top panel) and check whether the Milky Way is aligned with the bridge.
Besides, good equipment lasts for many years when treated well and, in case you decide to sell it, you’ll always find a buyer in the secondhand market.What is the ideal equipment for night photography? One of the advantages of using a Full Frame camera is that, typically, noise performance is much better than in APS-C cameras, allowing you to use higher ISO values, collect more light and, thus, take better Milky Way pictures.
This is due to the fact that the larger sensor of a Full Frame camera has larger photosites (pixels). Larger photosites can collect more light per unit of time allowing the camera not to have to amplify the signal that much, reducing noise, achieving a greater dynamic range and minimizing heat in the sensor. Besides the noise, if the sensor temperature is too high, the sensor might start vignetting with a magenta color.Has a built-in intervalometer. A 14mm for Full Frame cameras or 11mm for cropped sensors would be ideal.Lenses that allow these short focal lengths are called ultra wide angle lenses.
Unfortunately, due to the complexity of its construction, the wider the lens the more expensive it is.Pros and cons of the beginner’s equipment… and workarounds!You obviously don’t need to spend 5,000$ in a professional equipment to capture nice compositions of the Milky Way, it’s all about your imagination. One possible way to work around these cameras' limitations is to shoot at 800 ISO and use the noise reduction in post processing.
You should definitely invest in quality lenses.Most DSLRs, like the Nikon D3300 or Canon 1100D, come in a basic kit with an 18-55mm lens.
You won’t get stars as big bright spots, but you’ll capture the star trails of the Milky Way, which can make a pretty stunning picture.Another way to create stunning star trails is by merging a series of short exposure photos into a single image using softwares like StarStaX (Mac, Windows, Linux) or Startrails (Windows).
The advantage is that you prevent your sensor from overheating… But let's talk about Star Trails in a future article.Basic travel tripod ($40)Long exposures are the name of the game in night photography.
The last thing you want in your photos is blur caused by tripod vibration due to wind or running water. You need to keep your camera steady and still.Basic tripods usually don’t weigh too much and are pretty unstable, so you’ll probably have blur problems when shooting long exposures. Add to this, the risk of damaging your photography equipment in the case of a fall.To prevent vibrations and, thus, reduce blurring, you can load the tripod with extra weight by hanging a bag filled with stones or even your camera bag from it. Also, don’t raise the center column of the tripod if it has one because it’ll make it more unstable. If you raise it, you are also raising the mass center of the system formed by tripod, head, camera and lens, which results into a more unstable system. The lower the mass center the more stable the system will be… It’s all about physics.Basic headlamp ($10)Since you’ll be in the dark, a headlamp is pretty much a necessity.
If you’ve planned to have interesting foreground elements, a good flashlight is compulsory.Remote shutter release or basic intervalometer ($25)A remote shutter release allows you to trigger your camera remotely without needing to touch it. This is particularly nice to prevent vibration resulting into motion blur or streaks in your images.MC-30 Remote Trigger Release for my Nikon D700The problem with remote releases is that they are not programmable, so you cannot shoot at regular intervals automatically.
Nowadays you can even find cameras that include it.An intervalometer is a programmable remote shutter that you can use to set exposure time, time interval between photos, total number of photos to be taken and the time delay of the first picture. They are great, cheap and the amount of photos stored is acceptable.The main drawback is speed. If you’re going to take photography seriously, you’ll need to purchase a memory card with a high transfer rate, because it allows each picture to be saved into the memory card quicker, providing a shorter delay between two consecutive shots.Finally, I recommend you to use several small capacity cards rather than a few large capacity ones, because, if you lose a card or spoil it, the fewer pictures will be lost.
The cost should be around $650- $1800, quite cheap compared with Full Frame cameras.If you already have a Full Frame camera or you want to make the leap, congratulations! Two of the big advantages of using a camera with a full frame sensor is that it produces less noise in the image and enjoys a greater dynamic range than a APS-C with the same megapixels, allowing you to work with higher ISOs, collect more light and, thus, take better Milky Way pictures.Within the medium range budget, you can also find Full Frame cameras that perform well in low light conditions. Keep in mind that these lenses also work on APS-C but you need to take into account the crop factor. Coma spreading radially from the optical axis forms a teardrop-shaped flare, usually called a meridional coma flare.
A sagittal coma flare occurs concentrically, often for flying birds, forming a diamond-shaped flare. Photo credit: Christoph MalinWith the combination of any camera body and lens listed above, you’ll be able to take great pictures of the Milky Way. You might have noise problems when shooting long exposures at ISOs over 1600, but you can minimize them by using the Long Exposure Noise Reduction mode of your camera.One word on durability… You need to be very careful when working under extreme rain, high humidity, low temperatures or with sand or dust in the air.
You need to protect it as much as possible.Lightning equipment ($200 - $1,000)A good LED headlamp is recommended when you get seriously into night photography. To do so, you would ideally complement the headlamp with a LED flashlight, LED panels or Flashes.The LED flashlight can be used to add volume and texture to certain elements that you want to appear in the photo.
Unfortunately, it covers a little area.To cover a larger area you can use either LED panels or a flash. They allow you, for example, to take a portrait of a model while capturing the Milky Way with a single exposure.Both LEDs and Flashes will give you a daylight color temperature of about 5500K, this is white.
In order to change its temperature, it’s very interesting to use colored gels.A gel is a colored plastic sheet that you can place in front of the light source to color its light.
In most sessions, a CTO gel (Color Temperature Orange) and a CTB gel (Color Temperature Blue) will do the job, they are not expensive and last for a long time.A CTB gel converts tungsten light of 3200K to 'daylight' color (5500K), so it can be used to cool your scene. While a CTO gel performs the reverse, it converts daylight color (5500K) to tungsten (3200K), allowing you to warm the scene.Gels are available in different intensities. Again, remember not to raise the center column of the tripod, it’ll make it more unstable.Besides the tripod, you need to acquire a head suitable for night photography. The remote shutter release can do the job in many cases, but if you want to shoot a timelapse, star trails based on photo stacking or simply shoot continuously during a meteor shower, having an intervalometer is compulsory.
Furthermore, even when you only want to photograph the Milky Way, continuous shooting will increase the likelihood of capturing a shooting star, which will definitely add interest to the image.Each brand has its own intervalometers for each family of cameras, like the Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller or the Nikon MC-36 Multi-Function Remote Cord. Phottix is also a great brand for this type of product, highlighting the TR90.But If you want a very affordable intervalometer, have a look at the models of Yongnuo. If you plan to shoot timelapses, I recommend you to get a 64GB card or higher, to make sure you have enough space to store all the photos.Apart from the SD memory cards, there are cameras (usually Full Frame) that can also work with CompactFlash (CF) cards, usually Type I, which are thinner than Type II ones. These cards are physically larger, more robust and with greater transfer speeds than SD cards, although, it’s worth saying, that you can buy really fast SD cards nowadays. It should have a sensor with great noise performance in low light conditions and that it doesn’t overheat. Also, I'd like to highlight the Fuji XT-1 that despite not being a Full Frame is a fantastic camera.All have a wonderful noise performance when using high ISOs. Furthermore, they include external buttons for every important setting (ISO, WB, etc ) allowing you to easily change them.The budget lays between $3200 and $7000, depending on the camera model. It’s not only used by Nikon photographers, but also by photographers using other camera brands like Canon.
But aside its outstanding optical and mechanical quality it has a serious problem: over contrasting glass.



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