When my friend Danny (@Black_Out_Ronin) expressed his desire to make laser portraits, I was in right away! However I did wonder about what he had in mind exactly and how we were going to make it happen. But hey, lasers, that’s all I needed!!! I suspect his inspiration came from a camping trip we did around Mt Hood. The night skies were amazing and I happened to have a powerful laser to point at interesting celestial bodies. He started talking about waving that light saber of mine around people’s faces to get cool effects with portrait photos. Thankfully he found out about Ellumiglow: they make USB rechargeable Laser Wires. Much safer for our eyes!
Ellumiglow Laser Wire
Equipped with Laser Wire, a studio, stands, a fog machine, a couple strobes with colored gels and our trusted Fuji cameras, we got to work. The idea was to light models using mostly the Laser Wire itself and see what we could create. We also used the fog machine to create glow and waved my “real” laser through the cloud to create interesting patterns. My girlfriend Jennifer joined us as well as Danny’s friends Jeremy (@FilledUpOnBread), Kaliska and Alexis. Jennifer both shot and posed, Jeremy was irreplaceable for lighting and Alexis and Kaliska modeled beautifully.
The results: laser portraits!
I shot all these on the Fujifilm X100F. I just crowned this Fuji the best travel camera of 2018, but it’s no slouch in the studio either! It was a great first session to test the concept and get an idea of what worked and didn’t. We will certainly be doing this again now that we have some practice!
If you liked this article, check out the other studio session Danny and I did where we shot a bunch of ink and paint in water: ink water photography.