There are so many ways to explore light painting, the possibilities are endless. One way to light paint a waterfall is the traditional method of using some sort of flashlight and shining the light up and down the waterfall while you use a long shutter speed. That can certainly produce beautiful and ethereal results. But Peter Juhlin from Gothenberg, Sweden decided to try a completely different method and ended up with this spectacular colourful result. Read on to discover how he did it!
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Painting the skies with drones has become a popular activity lately, and we’ve seen some very impressive stuff produced. But this marketing campaign for Porsche, shot by visual artist and commercial fine art photographer Baber Afzal makes for some of the cleanest and most effective drone light painting images I’ve seen so far.
Created in collaboration with Porsche Middle East & Africa, the images were created for the campaign “Reflections of Passion”. The images also snapped up two silver awards in the advertising & conceptual category in the well-respected One Eyeland Awards 2021.
We featured Andrew McCarthy and his stunning photos on DIYP before. And the moment I discovered his work, I became a fan. Andrew’s photos enrich make my Instagram feed, and this one just stopped me in my tracks. Andrew combined astrophotography and light painting and created a unique artwork I immediately wanted to know more about. He kindly shared the image with DIYP, along with some information on how he created it.
When in lockdown, you gotta work with what you’ve got. And even if you’re not in lockdown, it’s always fun to make photography props and gadgets from stuff you have lying around the house. Jason D. Page teamed up with Jason Rinehart to create a light painting tool from something I’m sure we all have at home: a plastic bottle and some tape.
I saw a post from a fellow light painter that grabbed my attention. It implanted itself into my brain and I haven’t been able to let go of it. He pondered “We know that by looking at painters brush strokes how they were feeling at a certain time. In light painting, we “paint” with light. I would be curious to see if emotion could be shown in the brush strokes of light painting too.”
My response was that I don’t think you could necessarily capture individual strokes of light and not that much detail from the light itself. But from someone with experience with Light Painting, you can most definitely factor in different variations of speed used and flow for sure, from one’s understanding about light painting just from looking at an image.
As long as you have your camera and some lights, you can never be bored. There are countless images you can create with light painting, and the only limit is your imagination. But if you need some inspiration to get you started, Jason D. Page has an awesome tutorial for you. In this video, he creates a photo of a “time traveler.” All he uses are a few simple props and some lights, and it’s all done in-camera.
RECENTLY: I’m in the United States, and we’re not allowed to enter most other countries because we did a horrible job with a global virus.
TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO: “Hey Frodo, I think we should collaborate on a project where you’re in Spain and I’m in the USA and we make an art piece together”
TONIGHT: Hmmmm, I can do the thing with Frodo and I’ll be able to team up with a light painter from another country. Let’s finally do it!!
Before we jump into this blog post if you haven’t already read how I do drone light paintings horizontally in the sky be sure to check this out here. If you have done that already (or don’t wanna read something else) get ready to have your socks knocked off because we are flipping them into vertical space and animating our light paintings all with stop motion.
Have you ever had the feeling that you predicted the future by something you’d photographed? With this light painting image, it seems like Jason D. Page knew something before the rest of us. He took this photo as a single frame, using different tools from Light Painting Brushes. He recently published it and noted that it looks a lot like coronavirus. The funny thing is that it wasn’t inspired by the current situation – it was taken two years before it!
Light painting photography opens a bunch of creative opportunities and it can keep you creative and entertained for hours. Just what we need right now, right? If you’ve always wanted to try it out, you can start with minimum gear and easily shoot light painting images on your phone. In this video, Jason D. Page will show you how and he’ll give you a few tips and ideas to help you get started.