Okay let’s just start right off by saying this image is not just my baby. Anyone who has ever heard of the light painting extraordinaire Eric Paré would see this image and think, “Ummm Robert? You totally ripped off Eric’s work.” To which I would kindly respond, “Good job for knowing who Eric is and for being able to spot his work … because this is his work!” Well, it’s halfhis work anyway. You see, this new image is a collaboration Eric and I created together. If you aren’t one of those people who knew right away Paré must have been involved (or at least have heard of him/seen his masterpieces), then you need to drop everything and check him out!!! Eric is an extremely talented, passionate, and creative photographer who specializes in light painting. Rather than trying to delve too deep into an explanation of his process, I’ll just have you put your eyes on this brilliant video he recently released….
If you thought that you need big guns and a huge budget to create inspiring art, think again. Photographer and dancer duo Kim Henry & Eric Paré (previously), show that you can create absolutely stunning art using cheap equipment and a lot of dedication.
We shared Eric’s tube guard light painting technique before, but we had no idea that Eric was working on a short showing how he and Kim travel the world and using this simple method to create art in various interesting places.
I know you are here for the how to beef, but first let me share the story of how I got into light painting.
For those of you not familiar with light painting, it is a photographic technique using a slow shutter speed (or long exposure) to capture light streaks in whatever form you want- you can read more here) Basically with a DSLR, a tripod and a light source of some kind you have limitless possibilities to create one of a kind images.
I fell in LOVE with this technique when I was doing my very first 365 Photo project. The project where you take a photo every day. It forces you to practice your craft and gets you looking at common everyday items to use in your pictures. I mean, I had no idea forks could be so interesting. But…..when you come home from a long day at work and you’ve lost your energy, oomph and you need to get your photo done before the end of the day they become very interesting.
As I started with my project I would check out other members uploads and get instantly inspired. Then once I found a technique I liked I would research everything about it. And one of those techniques was Light Painting. I was in LOVE! Endless creativity and unique images are my jam.
It’s been done once, but as with almost any world record, it’s inevitable it will be done time and time again, with each new attempt more grandiose than the last.
We’re talking light painting orbs. Last time we covered the Guinness World Record for most light orbs in an image it was from the The East Coast Light Painting group. This time, it’s a group of six India-based men who upped the ante, from 200 light orbs to 900. [Read more…]
If an amazing light painting portrait has caught your eye sometime over the last few years, you’ve probably seen the work of Montréal, based visual artist Eric Paré.
Since then Eric and his long time collaborator Kim Henry have been busy traveling the world combining dance, environmental portraiture, and light painting with gorgeous results (check out Eric’s 500px portfolio here and his work with Adobe Max here).
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Eric and Kim in Toronto where they were presenting a Creative Photography and Light Painting Workshop…
Photographer Eric Pare (previously) is always pushing his 1 second light painting technique, and it is quite interesting to see what results you can achieve when you are imposing creative limits on yourself.
Being limited to roughly 1 second, Eric wanted to try something new for Adobe Max and created one of the simplest, yet powerful lighting painting tool that I have seen.
Eric used a $25 LED strip zip-tied to a broomstick to create a straight line of small LEDs. Aside the symmetrical patterns, those LEDs also change colors so the results are pretty RAD.
If you want to try something different this Halloween, how about trying some light painting portraits with your kids?
Its easier than you think, and I’ll show you how its done in this article.
Spirographs are a unique form of light painting where a mesmerizing patterns is being light painting into the sensor. It is kinda the adult version of this kids art game. Interestingly, Spirographs are really easy to create and only require a flashlight, a camera and a dark room.
Jason D. Page just put together a complete guide on creating those magical being. Here is a quick 3 steps guide followed by Jason’s full guide.
Brazillian photographer, Vitor Shietti, has been working with light painting and incorporating it into the natural surrounding. Schietti takes to both the countryside and the city to capture his images, which complement things such as bodies of water and trees in a pretty interesting way. At times the light painting resembles a dense spiderweb entombing a tree, while other times it looks like a gentle, soaking rain shower. Either way, they really encourage you to get in there for a closer look–fascinating! [Read more…]