Everything You Wanted To Know About Light Painting

If you love photography and you love painting, imagine how much you would love light painting.

It is called painting with light because this is what you are actually doing while taking the shot – painting with light. Aside from being darn beautiful form of photography, it is also a pretty darn cool to spend an evening or a night.

Use Light Stencils To Create Amazing Light Paintings

The requirements are very minimal you would need a camera that you can set on long exposure, a tripod and some light, light a flash light, matches or one of the oh-so-cool gadgets I’ll share below.

If you want to get the general idea, a great place to do it is here, and if you want the jump start treatment, you can get it here.

The last thing you will need is tools, we will cover tool in a little while, but if you want to get a feel for the variety of things you can do check out this post.

No Really, What Are You Talking About?

But of course I would not have made such a statement without some pictures to prove it. So here come some examples. The images and videos below are a quick taste of the great possibilities that open up once you embrace light painting. Click each of the images to learn more about it.

American Chevy Light Painted As Ghost Car

Phill's Pet

Techniques

Over the years DIYP has amassed a wide range of simple techniques that you can use to create spectacular light painting images. Here are some of our most beloved tutorials. (click on any of them to learn more).

Give People An Aura Using Light Painting
Give People An Aura Using Light Painting

Set People On Magical Fire
People On Magical Fire

Create Geometric Light Painting Spirographs
Create Geometric Light Painting Spirographs

Create Amazing Light Spirographs With The Spirograph Wheel
Create Amazing Light Spirographs With The Spirograph Wheel

Make Light Painting Circles With Light
Make Light Painting Circles With Light

Making Patterned Light Painting Images
Making Patterned Light Painting Images

Creating The Orb
Creating The Orb

Tools

But! But, if you want to create something really spectacular, there are some tools to the trade of light painting. As with the images before, click an image to see how to build the tool that made it.

Use A Cheapo Inflatable Wheel To Create Wonderful Camera Tossing Pictures
Use A Cheapo Inflatable Wheel To Create Wonderful Camera Tossing Pictures

Use Light Stencils To Create Amazing Light Paintings
Use Light Stencils To Create Amazing Light Paintings

Light Stencils Video Tutorial

Create Amazing Sparkles Car Light Paintings
Create Amazing Sparkles Car Light Paintings

Create Great Light Painting Imagery Using Fireworks
Create Great Light Painting Imagery Using Fireworks

Create Wonderful Light Painting Art Using A Cold Cathode
Create Wonderful Light Painting Art Using A Cold Cathode

Lightpainting Lightsabers
Lightpainting Lightsabers

Steel Wool Light Painting

Sweet Tricks

If this dose of light painting did not satisfy you, here are three more geeky light painting tricks

Video Light Painting

A Digital Light Wand That Creates Light Painting In Thin Air
The Digital Light Wand Creates Light Painting In Thin Air

Extruding Light Painting Out Of iPads

Sharing Your Own Work

If you got a kick out of light painting, help us spread the word. Mail this page to a friend, like it on Facebook, make a tweet or tumble us. (Links above)

As with any DIYP project, we would love to see your work on our Flickr Group. Make sure to mention the setup and link to one of the tutorials above or to this link in the captions. Or just share your work in the comments.