Light painting can be loads of fun and it’s actually super easy to get started - no DSLR needed. With just a smartphone, an app or two and a dark room you can start experimenting with the art-form. So, how do you get started?
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Video: Light painting is usually used to snazz up still photographs in an awesome 'how they do that' kind of way but this is even cooler. Darren Pearson made this entire video of moving light paintings by hand drawing over 1000 light paintings and capturing them with long exposure at night to create the effect as if the light was alive and characters in a movie.
Light painting is the process of using light and long exposure photography to create almost electric-looking works of art. This bit of light trickery has been used by artists and hobbyists to create stunning visual works as well as recreating the proton streams from GhostBusters. But Darren Pearson, also known as Darius Twin, instead created "Lightspeed," a stop-motion short film made up of 1139 separate light paintings.
Video: Joey Shanks has a series of videos where he shows how to create Hollywood movie effects using household objects. For this one he created the proton streams from Ghostbusters just using coloured lights, long exposure photography and stop-motion.
When you find yourself in times of trouble, always remember: Don't cross the streams. Egon's ghostbusting words of wisdom still hold true today. Joey Shanks at PBS Digital Studios knows that. But he's risked total protonic reversal to show us how to recreate the glowing effects of everyone's favourite Slimer-busting backpacks using simple light painting techniques.
The more traditional technique of light painting involves creating freehand designs using a point of light in front of a camera taking a long exposure photo. The results are occasionally recognisable — but most often random — and that's part of their appeal. Jeff Crossman and Kevyn McPhail take a different approach though, using a robot arm to create perfectly pixelated light painting images.
Sure, light painting is awesome when you're doing long exposure shots with a PixelStick or something, but that's only one way to cover your world in glowing graffiti. Take, for instance, this LED-powered rainbow plane.
Light painting is rad: a long exposure, a dark background, and a flashlight all come together to make an eerie, sci-fi effect. High-tech, LED-powered light painting is even cooler, but so far it's been a fringe hobby for die-hard DIYers. Pixelstick, with a newly-launched Kickstarter campaign, wants to put crazy nighttime picture and GIF-making powers into anyone's hands.
Forget your Maglite, your glowstick, and definitely your mobile phone; there's a new, cooler brush for painting with light. It's called the LightScythe. It's a long wand of computer-controlled LED lights, and with it you can create some amazing images.