The photographic technique of 'Painting with Light' has been around since the very early days of photography.
WHAT IS LIGHT PAINTING ?
Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera during the exposure. Subjects can be lit by 'painting' the subject with light from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.
Many kinds of light source can be used, from simple flashlights to dedicated devices like the Hosemaster, which uses a fiber optic light pen with many attachments to 'shape' the light. Colored gels can be used to color the light. Other sources of light such as candles, matches, fireworks and glowsticks, could also be used.
Selective 'blur' can be added to an image by camera movement or the use of diffusion filters over the lens during selected parts of the overall exposure.
Light Painting Photography can be traced back to 1914 when Frank Gilbreth, and his wife Lillian, used small lights and the open shutter of a camera to track the motion of workmen. Man Ray, in his 1935 series "Space Writing," was the first known art photographer to use the technique. Barbara Morgan began making light paintings in 1940.
By using this technique you can produce images that are as 'way out' or as 'normal' as you wish.
Even everyday items can be turned into works of art.
Try it !
To get started all you need is a camera (that has a 'B' or 'T' shutter setting), a tripod, a darkened room, a few colored gels and a good penlight torch.
I have just posted a new 'collection' with my modern take on this old photographic technique. I produced most of the images in this collection by using Hosemaster Fiber-Optic Light Painting equipment. Most of these images were shot on white background paper which was then colored using light and color gels.
View my collection: "Fiber-Optic Light Painting" at the following link:
Reply from Steve Allen Hi Danieic1998 - Yes, almost all my light painting shots are taken in one exposure using the Hosemaster system. The camera I use for light painting is a Canon 5D Mk111 which has a great sensor that allows very long exposures of up to about 3 mins with almost no noise (I also shoot at a very low ISO.100). Although the camera shutter remains open, the Hosemaster has a secondary shutter that is placed in front of the lens and only opened when you wish to expose the light you are painting the subject with, to the camera. This allows you to practice the painting action on the subject and only expose to camera when you are happy with your painting movements. As you say, the Hosemaster is far from being a cheap item. It just makes light painting far easier and more controllable. However, you can still get great results using flashlights etc.
I have made some experiments using this technic using flashlights and laser pens with multiple exposures, and then merging the images in gimp, but I had never heard about Aaron Jones or the hosemaster. I guess your images are made in one exposure.
For those who have no idea what a hosemaster looks like (like myself), here is a link:
...and it is not cheap, if you are planning to get one.
You have created a wonderful collection, your wallpapers are very bright colors, which enhance the very subject. Congratulations also to the explanation and the narration of this technique very interesting!
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