Each picture has been made in a single long exposure, everything is done in front of the camera, nothing is added or removed in post processing.

Light Painting definition

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself during exposure. (see wikipedia for an extensive definition)

By using time as a tool, the controled moves of the light sources and/or the camera during the exposure allow to create an alternative reality, which exists only in the final image recorded by the camera.

The three main techniques of Light Painting are:

  • Light Drawing / Light Graff / Light Writing
  • The light sources and their controled moves are visible from the camera and the drawing created with the light sources is recorded by the camera.
    Just a ribbon

  • Light Painting
  • The light is used to selectively paint surfaces and textures. The light source is not visible from the camera, it’s the projection of the lights on the surfaces which is recorded.
    Winter ghost

  • Kinetic photography / Camera Rotation Tool
  • The camera is moved during the exposure (rotation, camera tossing, panning, zooming) and these moves are used to build the final image.
    CRT attempt

    Light Painting resources

    If you want to do light painting pictures, here are video tutorials to learn how to start.

    If you’re looking for ready made light painting tools, you can look here :
    LightPaintingBrushes.com (North America)
    LightPaintingBrushes.com (Europe)
    HerramientasLightPainting.com (Europe)

    Non-profit organizations which promote the Light Painting and the LP artists:
    Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA)
    Ligue Francophone de Light Painting (L.F.L.P.).