Playing with light: Students Martín Pérez and Rocío Julián share the secrets of light painting in a photography workshop

The photography workshop was one of the many workshops led by the Technical School’s students themselves during the School’s CreaFest Winter event.

A festival of creativity for students of Architecture and Industrial Design – is there a better way to show off your talents?

A definite highlight of the Technical School’s winter festival CreaFest Winter was the numerous workshops led by the students themselves who shared their talents in music, skating, and designing ties, teaching each other new skills. Students Martín Pérez and Rocío Julián opted to share their passion for photography by organizing a photography workshop — with a twist.

Martín got the equipment ready for action, while Rocío explained the curious students what was going to be the focus of this workshop.

“We could have organized a workshop on the basics of photography, but because it was the School’s festival we thought it would be better to do something more fun so that many students would participate. I thought the best option was to do light painting,” Martín explained. But what exactly is this light painting?

“It’s a photography technique for which you need a closed space and darkness. First, put your camera on a tripod, lower the shutter speed, turn off the lights, and then paint in the air in front of the camera using different kind of lights. It was a success, people enjoyed it a lot!”

Martín has been taking photos for five years already, and he is self-taught. He explains that besides doing it for fun, as an Industrial Design student he also needs it for his work and class projects. And, he enjoys sharing his work on social media: “For people working with visuals and aesthetics, like designers, photography and visual communication is fundamental. It’s essential to share your work so people can see it, whatever social media you use. I think for designers it’s very important to be active on social media and to create content, sharing photos and their work, to find new clients basically.”

As a tip for anybody interested in photography Martín encourages people to be brave and just do it.

“Get up from the sofa and grab a camera – it doesn’t matter if it’s a good one, a mobile phone camera, or if you borrow it from somebody. Put the camera on manual and then just start. The first photo will be bad, the second worse, and the next four thousand even worse, but when you reach five thousand you start to get good! You will learn to take photos by taking photos,” he concludes.


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