This Light Painting Photograph Is Straight Out Of Camera And Took 4 Years to Make


4 years ago Jason D. Page set out to create a Light Painting series called Electric Universe. The idea was to shoot lightning storms and then Light Paint stars
and planets into the image creating a lightning filled universe all on one single frame of film. As the project progressed Jason’s idea for a whole series quickly turned into a quest to just get one good image. Obviously doing this on film, while needing a good lighting photo as a base is not trivial and Jason never imagined how difficult it would be.

That last photo though Is one that Jason is proud of and and he sent it over to share with DIYP readership.

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The Incredible Light Painting Of JanLeonardo


A while back I stumbled on the light painting work of Jan Leonardo Wöllert, and was immediately taken. By now, you probably know all about light painting, but if not, it is the art of using bright objects to “paint” imagery in total darkness. As light hits the sensor it ‘paints’ the final image.

JanLeonardo is no different and his work is done only with photography in total darkness, painted with light. No layers work and digital composing. I asked JanLeonardo for more information about his work which he gladly shared with DIYP readers.

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This Is Where SmartPhones Stand: Phonography Light Painting


One of the main concerns of the photographic industry is the fact that smarthones are slowly biting into the more advanced camera markets. People who use to carry a camera everywhere are now using a smartphone as their go-to camera, simply because it is always in their pocket. The other market is the more advanced photographers, those who need the extra control that a “real” camera provides – long exposure is one such example, but the latest Huawei P8 is beating down on DSLRs in that regard as well.

Malaysian Photographer Keow Wee Loong took the smartphone for a Light Painting ride and was amazed at the results. Usually when you do light painting, you set a camera on a tripod and give it a good, long exposure. Those settings accumulate the bright light (i.e. the painting) while keeping the background dark. But Keow Wee Loong used the light painting feature of the Huawei P8 and was able to take stunning light painting photographs, how?

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How I Took These Photos Of Electric Capoeira Fighters

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Throughout my years as a photographer, I am in a constant search for the source of my inspiration, for the place where my ideas for my personal projects come from. I keep asking myself why I do these projects, and whether they are worth the large investment they require.

I remember that as a small child I used to love playing with Lego, and assembling them to various constructions. Lego gave me the ability to connect between life situations, such as feelings, images, things I like, and even situations that make me nervous.

In this project called “Electric Capoeira” I combined and connected three all my passions – the passion for making things with my own hands, the passion for Capoeira (a sport I practiced and love) and the passion for photography.

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Fire Wings Light Painting Captured on Smartphone

Smartphones are not naturally meant for light painting. Mostly because they (mostly) have small sensors that do not handle long exposures well, and accumulate noise like a TV set on a dead channel.

The engineering team at Huawei came up with a clever concept to overcome that limitation and they handle light painting in a very similar way to how astro-photographers capture the night skies, by stacking many images together. But where sky photographers stack many 30 seconds shots to create several hours’ worth of exposure, the Huawei P8 does it on a seconds scale.

To demonstrate the concept, Huawei commissioned photographer Benjamin Von Wong (previously) to shoot a light painted angle with fire wings.

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World Record for Light Painting Orbs Broken With 200 Orbs In One Photo


Light painters have many cool tools and techniques at their disposal allowing them to create various shapes, lines and colors. One of my favorite shapes is the light orb, so needles to say I was happy to see so many of them in one photo.

The East Coast Light Painting group set a Guinness World Record after they had successfully created 200 complete light orbs in a single exposure.

Light painting seems like an advanced form of magic if you don’t know how it’s created, so to anyone unfamiliar with light paining this photo will probably look like an alien nesting area.

If you have ever tried light painting though, you will appreciate the crazy amount of effort ad precision required to pull off such a feat.

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Inventive Video “Lightspeed” Combines Light Painting With Stop Motion Photography


Photographs and animation by Darren Pearson.

It starts out a lot like most timelapses, a sweeping landscape, some cool star trails, a trip to a southern California desert and then BA-BAM! An illuminated skeleton pops up out of the ground and takes us on an adventure through the desert as he morphs into a menagerie of animals right before our eyes–no CGI required.

Lightspeed is photographer, Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin’s), moving creation that combines stop motion photography with his mad light painting skills to create a radiant animation. Lightspeed is the follow up video to his similar stop motion clip, Light Goes On, which you can also watch below, but first, take a look at the artist’s latest work: [Read more…]

How To Shoot a Perfect Watch using only an iPad


Last week, I wrote an article about shooting a watch using only one light, and I promised to write a Part 2 of this series on how to shoot a watch using more Photoshop work. So, I was in my studio preparing to do the 2nd part of the article and I brought my iPad for pegs and music. I was getting ready to shoot but something crazy hit me, what if I shot the watch using only my iPad (like I did a year ago for other products), could be something, right?

So, here is a step by step and behind the scenes tutorial on how to photograph a watch using your iPad. So instead of 2 Parts of my How to shoot a watch, it will be a 3 Parts Series.

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Long Exposure Photography Made Easier Using Shutter Priority Mode


long-exposure2Long exposure photography doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. As Matt Granger shows us in the video below, you can still capture a variety of great long exposure shots using shutter priority mode with basic equipment. With just your DSLR and a tripod (you should always buy the nicest quality tripod as your budget allows) you can experiment with light painting, motion blur, and more. Add a set of neutral density filters to your kit and you’ve opened up a whole new set of doors.

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