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The Light Painting Vlog #1 – A Makeshift Light Painting Brush

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

Why is Light Painting so Aggravating?

It always begins as an amazing adventure. The gear is packed, a plan is roughly in place, and it’s time to head out into the night. You pull up to the edge of the forest, and your headlights shine deep into the woods. You grab your equipment and search for the headlamp you left sitting on the dining room table. After a few futile attempts to find it, your flashlight is promoted. Continue reading


“SOOC”, “straight-out-of-camera”.

What does that really mean?


Sounds self explanatory, but let me give you a little background.

Before I got deep into the light painting world, I went to school to become a commercial photographer. As I was learning the ins and outs of photography, I would occasionally see a raw image from a shoot thrown online with the acronym, “SOOC”. All that meant was that the photographer wanted to share an image before they had a chance to work with it in Photoshop or any other editing software.

Now enter the quirky light painting community. This is where things get weird. “SOOC” has created a bit of a division of beliefs among many. Continue reading

Becoming Abstract


When it comes to making an “abstract” image, it is important to understand what an abstract image really is. While it appears to be a random act of art that could be created by a monkey, in which the scientists with the monkey would label is as “abstract” in order to justify the end result. In fact I would argue that an abstract image that works, is one that is rooted with design principles and composition. In order to show you how this particular image came to be, I will show you the variations created in order to arrive at the final piece. Continue reading

Dan vs Johnny $100 Light Painting Challenge



After a good night of wine with my lady, it was time for a good old fashion light painting session. Using some Bokeh and cheap LP tools, I put this composition together.

After the shoot was over and I was editing this image, that inspiration that the booze can sometimes give you crept up and a thought appeared inside my head. Johnny and I have missed a couple weeks of light painting due to our busy schedules. This is not ok with us as we both love the sport of light painting. So last night I got a hold of Johnny and we decided to do something about this problem. We have decided that the first one of us that misses one week of light painting will have to give the other a $100 gift card to B&H. Due to limited financial resources, this is actually one challenge I don’t want to lose. So bring it on Johnny!

All the competitions aside, we hope that you enjoy our work.

Keep the light on the canvas!