Last week I was helping an A level photography student realise the ideas she had for a set of pictures and I suggested we use a data projector to project patterns, spots and stripes on people and not use gobos in projector lamps. Here are a few frames I took of my daughter Francesca using my Fuji X-Pro1.
A simple pattern pulled from Google and modified in Photoshop was used as the source image to my data projector. I used a 3000 lumens, DLP projector with a resolution of 1400 pixels x 1050 pixels. Since I took this shot I have now bought a new LCD projector with 1920 pixels x 1200 pixels and 4200 Lumens. DLP is not great for colour photography because it forces a slow shutter speed in order to get an even colour rendition. LCD is better.
Francesca is standing in front of my dark grey studio wall and is wearing a black leotard and tights.
A simple bar code pattern is a great background in it's own right.
I’m going to develop these ideas and create more stripey and patterned bodyscapes. I can live edit the light using Photoshop brushes so anything is possible. Please feel free to comment.