A few years back I heard of an interesting photography device. The Pixel Stick. It is a light painting tool that can “paint” images in the air based on jpgs. When it was launched, there was nothing quite like it in the market, and it made $600,000 on Kickstarter, which was very impressive for the time. The Pixel stick was a one of a kind for a very long time, but about a year ago, a similar contraption came to the market, The Magilight. Like the Pixelstick it was launched via crowdfunding and made just over half a mil. We took both tools to the desert for head to head test. Here are our thoughts:
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Since the recent release of my new Long Exposure Portraits tutorial from RGG EDU, I’ve been inundated with messages and questions relating to the light painting section.
Questions like: ‘What’s the best light painting tool to use? ‘Where can I get them?’ ‘Which ones did you use in your video?
Light painting is one of those areas of photography that keeps surprising me. There’s always new tools and new techniques coming out that that make me wish I had the time or patience to learn how to do it myself. But for those that work at it, it looks well worth the effort, as these images from Jason D. Page go to show.
Jason has developed a technique using the Light Whip to make “ghosts”. Yes, that’s right, ghosts. They look pretty awesome, and he’s put together a tutorial showing you how he makes them so that you can have a go for yourself.
Light painting can give a sense of otherworldly to your images, and so can the levitation. But when you bring those two together – it can take you to another dimension. Pennsylvania-based photographer Swen Cubilette brought levitation and light painting together to create an image that captured my attention immediately. He kindly shared his image with DIYP and chatted with us about how he created this captivating photo.
There’s a reason we often see light painting done at night or during low light conditions. During the daytime, it’s just too bright to be able to do them effectively. You have to use fast shutter speeds to not blow everything out, which is the opposite of what you need for light painting.
But there is a way to light paint during the day, too. In his latest episode of Tube Stories, light painter extraordinaire Eric Paré uses neutral density filters to help bring that daylight under control.
When the project started I wondered if this mosaic was too ambitious.
I had made a few tiled light painting mosaics and I was recently inspired by the work of Chris Bauer. I also hadn’t been feeling like actually shooting any new pictures but I wanted to stay connect to my light painting friends so I created PieceOut.com. This is a site that helps coordinate the creation of photo mosaics for groups of people around the world. After I invited a few people to add tiles to a test shot (we did about a third of the Wolverine piece) I decided the site was good enough to use.
Coming up with unique and interesting backgrounds can be a challenge, especially in the studio. But it can be easier than you think. All it takes is a little light in the darkness. Light painting is typically seen out on location. The wonderful work of photographers like Eric Pare and Zach Smidt shows that off amazingly well. You can use it in the studio, too, though.
In this video, Joe Edelman shows us how we can use light painting to create some pretty cool unique backgrounds in the studio. Joe shoots Olympus cameras, which offer an advantage over other brands when it comes to this kind of thing with the Live Composite feature. It’s not essential to the technique, but it definitely makes life easier.
With light painting becoming as popular as it has, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see more and more products popping up to aid in its creation. From custom tubes to finished products like the Pixelstick, there’s a lot of choices out there. But there’s still room for more, apparently. The latest one being UniColor.
The UniColor looks similar to Pixelstick’s new Colorspike, in that it houses colour changing RGB LEDs. But UniColor seems more of a modular design and is substantially less expensive. It’s also IP67 rated, allowing for all kinds of underwater light painting possibilities. The UniColor being funded through Indiegogo, prices start at a mere $80.
It’s always fun having the opportunity to create new images, especially when the subject is something new. It comes with its own unique challenges. Like this lovely Kawasaki motorbike that we took to a little carpark near the town of Kilsyth in Scotland overlooking the countryside and surrounding towns.