Photography class homework from last week:
This technique is so much fun! We were supposed to play with shutter speed to show motion, and these do that, though not in the way I think the teacher expected. I was looking around online for inspiration and I discovered "light painting," wherein, in the dark, you use flashlights and other light sources to "paint" on the darkness. That first swirl photo up top is an example of that, as is the word WRITE two posts ago.
But what ended up interesting me more came from a side note in a how-to video. The photographer said that if you wanted a person to show up in the photo too, to shine the light on them while the're in frame -- kind of paint them with the beam of the flashlight. So that's what the rest of these are: long exposures (13-20 seconds) in full darkness, with the subjects "painted" with the beam of a flashlight.
Have your subject freeze while you're "painting" them to minimize blur (though you may want some blur). For the double- or triple-exposure effect, paint one pose, then turn out the light while your subject moves to the next pose, then paint again. Obviously, you need a tripod for this, or at least to set your camera on a ledge or something.
This would be the perfect technique for faking ghost pictures, which I fully plan to do. If you have fun subjects like kids or friends in costume you could do some awesome stuff. I'm sure I'll try more! Meanwhile, this week the assignment is: reflections. Hm . . .