Pocket Pixel: Herramienta para light painting

Hoy os quiero presentar una nueva herramienta para fotografíar con la técnica Light Painting. Se trata de un dispositivo compacto para ser usado con una sola mano, pensado a grandes rasgos para dos tipos de funciones distintas.

Por un lado se puede usar sujetándolo con la mano para dibujar formas de distintos colores y su otra función es para dejarlo fijo en el interior de una habitación o casa para iluminar de un color toda una estancia mientras hacemos la foto desde fuera.


  • Dispone de un botón on/off y 3 botones para usar los distintos modos.
  • La superfície cuadrada que ilumina mide aproximadamente 5,5cm x 4,5cm y produce una luz LED difusa.
  • Se alimenta con 4 baterías AA a través de un portapilas integrado en su caja.
  • Dispone de dos pequeños imanes a los lados de la superficie que ilumina para añadir posibles accesorios que cambien la forma de la luz o incluso añadan difusores de formas distintas.

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Making of "Captivity"

In this one, I wanted to create an mood similar to a jail by projecting the light through something like “metal bars”.
I used a cutter and cardboard to create my bars and set a flash behind it on the right of the camera to project the shadows of the bars onto the composition.

I could have created shadows with a more defined borders by placing the flash farther from the cardboard, so that the relative size of the flash would be smaller, but for me it was ok this way, because it can be interpreted as an office curtain too, which I also found appropiate.

To emphasize the highlights and textures of my hand and give the impression that the person was in tension and sweating, I used a dropper with water to wet my hand. I used an old keyboard I had at home because by combining it with the b/w processing seemed more adequate to me than a modern keyboard.





Making of "Drowning"

To create this photo, I used my computer screen again as a softbox. I wanted to get the silhouette of the glass so I didn’t need a flash, and using a tripod I could choose the dof I wanted and then the necessary exposure time to get a white background.
I placed the razor blade very carefully before filling the glass until it held in the position I wanted, and then I started to fill the glass with water using a dropper, and also doing some photos of the composition while I was filling it, just in case the razor blade changed its position, in which case I could loose the shot.

Also, in the first attempts I noticed that the edges of the glass weren’t as defined as I wanted due to unwanted light coming from the screen, so I placed a couple of books as flags to reduce the amount of light on the sides of the glass to get a more defined silhouette.

Finally, I used photoshop to create the silhouette of a face and then its symmetry with a copy of the layer.