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:
With long exposure photography, you create unusual, surreal worlds in your photos. UK-based photographer Tim Gamble specializes in long exposure light photography and makes breath-taking artwork. One of his photos really caught our eye, so we wanted to hear more about how it was taken. We chatted with Tim about the photo he titled Love is a Burning Thing, and he shared with DIYP some details on how it was created.
Mainly, I do photography for fun, and I like experimenting with random stuff to get unusual effects in my photos. For my birthday last year, a got a brilliant shiny cosmetic purse from a friend. It instantly became my favorite traveling companion, but I also immediately saw the potential for using it in my photos.
There have been a few occasions this year that I have used this little purse for photography, combining it with the LED flashlight on my smartphone. And I must say: I’m surprised by the funky lighting effects you can achieve with just two everyday items!
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?
So there are a couple of different ways to use drones to light paint. Some people will attach Lumecubes to their drone and paint an environment with them or will fly a drone around the sky or an object and have the drones lights creating images in the sky. However, there is another way to use them that isn’t widely used yet. That is using the drone’s camera to capture light painting from above.
Drones are becoming more and more popular these days and it’s not too expensive to buy one and play with its possibilities.
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.
An historic building in South Florida burned to the ground a couple years ago because in the dark of night, a trio of photographers set it ablaze while trying to “paint with light.”
An historic plantation in Louisville, Kentucky had to issue this statement via its Facebook page a few years ago because people with cameras could not manage to respect the property:
“We are implementing a ban on photography sessions on our site…we are first and foremost a historic site, not a photography studio. Many photographers have been deliberately disregarding our site rules, moving benches, photographing in areas that are off limits, showing up and refusing to leave when the site is closed. Until we can guarantee that the photographers we allow on our site will be courteous and respectful, we have had to take this course of action.”
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.