Do you like scary movies? If so, here’s a light painting tutorial for you just in time for Hallowe’en, by Jason Page. You might want to sleep with the lights on after watching this!
Heading out to shoot at night time in the middle of nowhere usually brings visions of astrophotography to mind. But that’s not the only kind of photography you can do at night, as this video from Adam Karnacz at First Man Photography illustrates. Adam heads out to England’s picturesque Lake District to show off three ways you can shoot nighttime photography and open up your creative freedom.
Sometimes you’re scrolling on social media and an image just makes you stop and go back to have another look. You scratch your head, trying to figure out how they shot it. Must be Photoshop magic you think. You read the caption “taken in one exposure” and think ‘wait, what?’ That’s exactly what happened when we saw this incredible image titled WAKE UP by a group of light painting photographers who call themselves Sketchlight.
Every once in a while, I stumble upon a light painting photo that takes my breath away. This time, it’s a photo by a Finnish photographer and light painting artist Hannu Huhtamo. He light-painted swans on the lake’s surface, ending up with an unusual and mesmerizing image. And it all takes a whole new level once you watch the behind-the-scenes video of him while painting with light!
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.
Light painting with drones has become quite popular over the last couple of years, but it’s still an extremely challenging thing to do. Achieving great results relies on a lot of factors. You need the right exposure for the ambient lit environment, you need the right brightness output on your drone’s lights and you need to fly your drones in just the right path relative to the camera (and at a consistent speed) to get nice clean lines of even colour.
That’s what makes this night sky light painting by Frodo Álvarez (who goes by the name Children of Darklight) so impressive. The video’s in Spanish, so you may need to turn on auto-translate, but he used five drones to create this amazing image of a footballer about to kick a ball, all floating above a football field. Yes, sorry America, this is football to the rest of the world.
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.
Long exposure photography is a lot of fun, whether it’s landscapes, cityscapes or light painting. It’s a technique that offers a lot of options to show the world in photography in a way that we don’t normally get to see it with the naked eye. How to shoot them sounds obvious. The clue is in the name. “Long exposure”. But it’s not always that easy.
They’re not that difficult to get to grips with, though, and you can shoot them with just about any DSLR or mirrorless camera (or perhaps even your phone!). In this beginners guide to long exposure photography, Paul at Photo Genius walks us through the basics of how to get started with shooting long exposures