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Introducing Lightpaint
painting with light II by glassmanet
:new: you can check out the history of lightpainting photography here…
Lightpainting is a technique in photography by using low shutter speed and a moving light source. The light source is moved by a person or a device so you can acquire an artictic result.

take a look at this example 

The Sound Of Music by randallcottrell
the sound of music by randallcottrell
in the deviation's camera data you can see the shutter speed is low, thats what makes the light captured all

they are many type of different lightpainting method

#1. Drawing
the drawing technique used a light source to draw something while the camera stay in the tripod
take a look at this one 

Magic night flower by orestART
magic night flower by orestART
you can add a fireworks in it too, like this one

Chiave di violino by ilaaaria
chiave di violino by ilaaaria

is fire a light source too ?
off course take a look at this one
fiery wing by killythirsk
fiery wing by killythirsk

hard to draw with the light source ?
well you can make a light source device that has a its own design, its pretty too, and had a neat result, such this one

confused by y0h4nes
confused by y0h4nes

Facing the anomaly by refract1
facing the anomaly by refract1

how about light saber ?

The Force by kismet3135
the force by kismet3135

#2. Camera movement technique
this technique used a camera movement to "draw" the static object, the result is an artictic abstract art

Christmas Light Trail by stevieB1977

you can attach the camera itself to make "light-streak" effect like this one

Light.Streaks.13 by cro4ky
light streak by cro4ky

#3. Glowing
in glowing technique we dont use flash like any other lightpainting that used to "light" to the object to give the shining result. But the glowing technique used a lightsource to light an object, like this one

ocatrine light by marlene-dietrich

glowing melodies by killythirsk
glowing melodies by killythirsk

how about we combine the #1. and #2. technique ?
see this result
greenbreeze by killythirsk
greenbreeze by killythirsk

#4. Multiexposure technique
the Multiple exposure technique used a low speed shutter to create repetitive or non repetitive object
look at this one

silho abandonded startrail 2012-14-01 by drtongs
silho abandoned startrail 2012-14-01 by drtongs

hey i see the startrail result in that photo!
off course the startrail technique use the same key technique as lightpainting : low shutter speed

spotlight artist
Kaalam has a wonderful caligraphic drawing lightpaint technique with fantastic background
Undercover by Kaalam Under the city by Kaalam
Light and Fraternity - arabic by Kaalam Le Savoir by Kaalam
Le silence - Arabic calligrap. by Kaalam
tips and trick
1. set your camera setting with low shutter speed (if you had a DSLR you can set it up to BULB Mode), and others element such as diagframe, exposure, and remember to set your focus rightfully
2. draw all you want at first, and try to think about what you are going to draw first and then draw it :)
3. Used black background to have fully shinning lightpaint result
4. The object musnt move, unless you want to have a blurry effect
5. Used a tripod unless you want to used tech#2

groups to check out



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#note : sorry about the layout :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You've been featured Here! In Photography weekly!
Enjoy :)
killythirsk Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
many thanks...
ridersaitou Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Waw u can use Arabians Calligraph and light effect at the same time, pretty awesome

I wonder what cam u use

killythirsk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
see in the right bottom where you see my photos nu, :) thats the clue, note : no pixel added with any image manipulation programs...
ridersaitou Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Pretty cool...little bit powerfull light with much artistic light show....very recomended icture
ilaaaria Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
This photos are very cool!!!!
:la::megaphone: "Yeah!!!!"
Jelle-LightArt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012   Photographer
Nice general introduction to LP, and thanks for the feature - [link] - much appreciated!
Archangelical Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
What a very well written light painting journal. There are a lot of people here I've never seen. Thanks for doing all the research. :nod:
murkin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Excellent article, just one thing missing imo - Picasso credit for doing it first :)

killythirsk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
will add that to the journal thanks
flu0rgfx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thanks for including some of my LP work. I want to note though, that the first example "the sound of music by ~randallcottrell" is photoshop work and has nothing or little to do with real in-camera light painting.
killythirsk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks mate..
stevieB1977 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Many thanks showing my work. What a great feature, very informative :hug:
killythirsk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
many thanks and you are welcome :)
marlene-dietrich Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for including my work to this awsome feature :hug:
killythirsk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome :)
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