I’d always been inspired by other light painters who created wings with light painting tools. I attempted to make my own with just the tubes but they didn’t give me quite the look I was going for. Not to mention it was hard to get them perfectly even. Given using the feather blade tool it’s not perfect either but I like the effects that it can give more. So we are going to talk about how to make different styles of wings or at least the ones I’ve created!
The first style with the tubes is created using a t8 or 12 tube with one flashlight in it. Start your shutter. Then pick either a shoulder or hip to start from, turn on your flashlight, and make a swipe up or down to create the wing on that side. Next, turn off your flashlight. The reason we do this is so we can have separation for the wings. Then start again, turning the flashlight on, at the opposite hip or shoulder and swipe up to down depending on how you want to make the other wing. Once finished turn off the flashlight and click your shutter to capture the light painting. It can take quite a lot of practice to get decent wings. I know I still need work on them!
The second style of wings has to do with the feather blade tool that you can obtain from Light Painting Brushes website or you can just click on this link. In order to get this proper wing effect You need to make sure you have a couple things. You’ll need: a LPB universal connector, the blade, and a flashlight that has a steady strobe mode. Once you have all of these you’re ready to rock.
When starting a light painting with the feather blade make sure you start your shutter and then turn on the flashlight onto strobe behind your model. If you haven’t already done so insert the flashlight into the feather blade with the universal connector and move back and forth from your models back creating as many trails of the feather tool as you like. Once you’ve finished behind your models back turn off the flashlight and click the shutter once more.
Congrats! You’ve now just made some wings with light! There are multiple different wings you can make so get creative!