So you've bought the Ricoh Theta S camera and want to take your 360 photography skills to the next level. With 360 gaining popularity so rapidly, it's essential to broaden your creative skillset if you really want your work stand out from the crowd.
As someone fortunate enough to have one of the top Instagram accounts in the 360 niche, i can tell you that my success has been no coincidence. The reason i got to the top was because i keenly observed what the most popular photo styles were over the years, and took note of what people responded to the best. My most popular Instagram photos ever were mostly light paintings, and the extra attention they brought me, helped me get discovered as a serious name in the photography world.
In this brand new course by LIFE in 360, i'm going to teach you EVERYTHING i know about light painting, as i embark upon a an important assignment for Ricoh, on one of their big social media campaigns. The end result became one of their most popular images ever, and this course will walk you through every step of the journey i took to snap it. You've seen our 360 tutorials on Youtube, and now we take it to the NEXT level for our advanced Theta S users. By the end of this course, you will have a broad knowledge of 360 light painting, accompanied by the technical skills and know-how necessary to execute the same stunning images with your own camera.
Let's take a look at how light painting is traditionally used within the context of conventional DSLR photography..
You don't need to spend a whole lot of money on lights. Here are some cheap and easy solutions!
Getting your exposure right is key. Let's take a look at the mindset you will need in regards to manually exposing your 360 photos at night.
Location, location, location! A nicely done light painting is half of the image, choosing the right location is the other half.
You'll need to make MANY creative and technical decisions as you set up your 360 light painting, so taking the time to plan the shot in advance is essential. Here are some ways to do it:
If at first you don't succeed then get back up and try again! There are many things that can go wrong when shooting a light painting; with persistence and the right strategy, you will greatly improve your chances of success.
It's important that you DON'T give up on getting your light painting right- why settle for 90% happy when one final tweak will get you to 100%?!
Let's take a look at the end result! Awesome, am i right? Here we go over all the lessons learned from the shoot, as well as a few other key pieces of 360 light painting information.
The secret to getting good FAST is learning and seeking inspiration from the best photographs that have already been taken. In this lesson we'll review how to locate and draw inspiration from some of the very best light painting photos out there, as well as discuss a number of key light painting styles and how they are achieved.
What i love most, is showing the world perspectives of itself it hasn't seen before.
Hey guys- i’m Ben Claremont, a 360 photographer and video producer from Sydney, Australia. I'm a little obsessed with 360 (incase that was unclear) and have embarked upon a mission to spread 360 as far and wide across the planet as possible (no pun intended!) (ok maybe a little..).
Where it all began..
After graduating from Sydney Film School in 2008 where I focused on Directing and Cinematography, I was lucky enough to start my creative career traveling the globe and presenting my experimental short films at a number of prestigious short film festivals. It was an experience most 19 year olds would envy and I even bagged a couple of awards too! I went on to work in freelance video production for most of my twenties, which again took me to all corners of the earth (couldn't resist another 'planet' reference there). Eventually, i reached a point in my life where my strong entrepreneurial tendencies could no longer be held back, and i had no choice but to fuse my passion for creativity with my love of business.
What I’m up to right now
After discovering the Ricoh Theta camera in 2014, i fell in love with 360 and a new journey began. With a fast-growing following over on Instagram, i wrote a best-selling book, started a company, and most importantly: opened up to being infront of the camera instead of behind it. Many months and many twenty-take videos later, we've now produced a huge collection of 360 related video tutorials, which in turn lead us to establishing close relationships with many of the major 360 camera companies, app developers and startups within the 360 industry. The future is bright and i'm crazy excited about all the cool stuff we're bringing to the world this year. (Once more, pun intended)