Light stencil tutorial

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Here is a basic tutorial from on how we do our light stencils. It sure has changed since my first tutorial.

Light stencils are an easy way to add in graphic elements to long exposure shots. Basically, this is fired in the frame while the shutter is open during a long exposure. The graphic remains while the person and box is completely invisible.

Watch the vid and make a box as directed. Using any illustration program print out your design onto fine grade paper which is slightly heavier than regular copy/printing paper. I print 2 and paste them together but make sure they are perfectly aligned by holding them up against a bright light source. I laminate mine so they can be reused as they often rip when removed or changed but this is not a necessary step.

I usually set the flash to 1/8 which works well with the settings I use on my camera for light @painting. You may need to adjust this and I suggest doing a test shot before your light work to check the exposure of the stencil. Happy shooting!

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  1. James Green (jag) 40 months ago | reply

    Great tutorial Trevor! So when you print the stencil, any part you don't want to show up you colour black?

  2. tdub303 40 months ago | reply

    thats right. make it 2 ply so the black does not glow at all. another trick i do is make it 400% black by sliding all the cmyk sliders over to the side. 400% seems to make no sense but, it does make a difference when printed.

  3. jah~ 40 months ago | reply

    LOL! When that computer gal cussed n shit I lost my coffee.

  4. tdub303 40 months ago | reply

    haha, i was actually laughing by myself when i was making it. i hope to do more. i have an idea for my next one.

  5. Ry" 40 months ago | reply

    so funny and a killer tutorial.

  6. keep it stupid 40 months ago | reply

    "tape that sucker up good and tight, like this!" legend! thanks for the info i am not worthy

  7. Dimormar! 40 months ago | reply

    Wow, congrats with Your Explore.

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    Waterjuffer 12 juli 2010

  8. ...Damian... 40 months ago | reply

    Haha cool vid, thanks for the info.

  9. Kris Grimes 40 months ago | reply

    So you're basically flashing -through- the design on the paper?

  10. LooneyM3 39 months ago | reply

    fucken Hilarious.. and great Info.. Thanks!!!

  11. Daithí de Brún 33 months ago | reply

    YES!!! flashing people in the face... SAVAGE craic! :D

  12. L Carroll 31 months ago | reply

    Cool, thanks for the vid!

  13. floebee 29 months ago | reply

    hi, this is totally brilliant!!! i have added your video and links to my resources for teachers education blog:
    hope it inspires lots of new images!! :o)

  14. RaffaLUCE 23 months ago | reply

    Brilliant, helpful video. Thanks so much for sharing!

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