Learn how to use a new and innovative light painting technique to add detailed drawings, logos or images to your long exposure photos. Continue reading
Redemption is sweet!
Did you see the tiny Blue Gil swimming around the bobber? Look closely at :47 seconds.
I headed back to the river for round 2 of the fishing scene. I made it down to my location earlier this time and jumped into action. I brought a bobber with me to really add some bright color to an otherwise blue scene. Immediately I could see an improvement from yesterday’s photo shoot. The flashlight was was working great, and I could pull of long exposures with no problem. Continue reading
In episode #2 of the Light Painting Vlog, I take what we learned from episode #1 and apply it to create a conceptual photograph.
Using the spoon once again and a mug, I tried to create an image that mimicked steam pouring out of a mug/bowl, except that steam was made of light. Continue reading
Welcome to the very first episode of the Light Painting Vlog!
Why a vlog? Sometimes we creatives make excuses for ourselves not to get out and create art. We wake up and it’s cold outside, or we have too many things on our to-do-list, maybe we are feeling a little sick or we haven’t had the optimal amount of sleep required to power through the day. Whatever the case may be, I was feeling a lot of that! Continue reading
The light painting world is an ever-changing one. There has been a steady stream of innovation from all around the world in the past decade. A couple of years ago as I started my journey into the light painting community, I was always looking for work that took not only light painting, but also photography as a whole to new heights. As I searched and searched, I landed onto the page of Eric Paré. Continue reading
I don’t wanna work! I just want to bang on the drums all day! Continue reading
We arrived at Cowpen’s National Battlefield in Gaffney, SC, in the early evening and our friend Chris gave us a nice tour of the grounds, a major battle in the revolutionary war had occurred in these fields, and we learned a lot about one of America’s rare victories against Britain. I made some mental notes for light painting compositions as we walked the trails.
The future is bright for light painting. Photography as an art form has been shot every which way. For the last decade, social media has had it’s hand in further training people to pay less attention to great photography. When is the last time you sat down and really studied a photograph? Looked for the little subtle details that are missed with a quick scan of your Facebook feed. Our social media platforms are bombarded with good and bad photography all day long. How many sunsets can someone look at and still really appreciate a good sunset photograph. It has become habit to just naturally hit the like button and move on. The days of really looking at a great photo are starting to dissipate as an over abundance of visual images have diluted each individual photos beauty. But there is still hope for photography. That is light painting!
While light painting has been around for a very long time, there is still a lot of ground to be covered. Light painting has the power to make someone stop and look twice and ask, “how did they do that”? It still feels a bit like magic. There are a small number of amazing light painters in the world, but still a lot of noise from those trying to figure it out. The truth is, there are many things that haven’t been perfected when it comes to Light Painting. The art is young and the game is fun.
Light painting tools are evolving everyday as DIY photographers are creating their own light painting arsenals. The best part, light painting can be done by anyone with a camera and some patience. I remember my first experience with light painting was when I was a young kid and my Dad had showed me a photograph he had taken on 35mm. He had held the camera on the dash of the car as they traveled through the night and the highway markers and signs were all streaks of light. I thought it was incredible. It wasn’t till years later I began my own light painting journey. The best part about light painting for anyone that wants to be a photographer in general is that it teaches you rather quickly how to set exposures and balance between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Add to that the exposure of your light mixed with a background. It is an awesome sport. The best part is when you make something, look at the back of your camera and see the magic that just happened. Grab your camera, make the shutter freeze and have some fun!