Inspiration: Gjon Mili's Stroboscopic Portraits

Gjon Mili Stroboscopic Photos
Gjon Mili Stroboscopic Photos
Gjon Mili Stroboscopic Photos
Gjon Mili Stroboscopic Photos

There’s not a whole lot we can say about these photos, other than that they are incredible, they came from Gjon Mili, the man who famously shot Picasso making a lightpainting, and that we hope you find some inspiration in them.  We did for sure.  In fact, we’re going to take LightBomber for a stroboscopic spin once we can find a ballerina with some time to kill.

To get shots like this with LightBomber, first you’ll need LightBomber (heh).  After you’re all loaded up, stabilize your iPhone with a tripod…or a shoe…or rest it on a bottle of hot sauce (sriracha is the reigning champ).  Then, start an exposure.  While the exposure is going, have your subject move across the frame.  Point a bright light on them multiple times while they are in different places, or (if you’re feeling frisky), pop a few flashes.  Boom!  You’re stroboscoping!

Obviously we all have a loooong way to go to reach the level that Gjon Mili was at (and more than 60 years ago, no less) but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to try.  Check out the photos to the left for some more ideas, then get out there and capture some motion!