Long-exposure

Light Painting Machine

Light Painting Machine

By using a similar mechanism to the ones used in 3D printers, maker Josh Sheldon created an amazing robotic rig which can be used to guide a light source along a precise path. The result are some of the most beautifully smooth long-exposure light paintings we’ve ever seen.

Light Painting Photo Hacks

Light Painting Photo Hacks

Moving a point source light in front of a camera set to shoot long exposures can produce some cool visuals. The guys at COOPH show off a few other ways that low-budget lighting sources can be used to shoot unique and creative photographs.

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She Lights the Night

She Lights the Night

Long-exposure photographer Darren “Darius Twin” Pearson’s eye-catching clip features a wonderful interplay between its beautiful female star and the lights that gather around her, as she conjures flowers, cacti, stars, and dancing skeletons in the dark of night.

Light Painting with a Drone

Light Painting with a Drone

Builder Tom Stanton attached a long vertical LED light bar to his drone, and managed to fly it horizontally to capture some cool long-exposure images. His design is based on Ivan Miranda’s light bar, but you might be able to pull off something similar with a Pixelstick.

Light Duel

Light Duel

It may take less than seconds to get through the main sequence in Darren and Jordan Pearson’s light painting video, but it took significantly more time, effort, and planning to draw each of its 300 long-exposure frames by moving colored lights by hand.

Kill The Lights

Kill The Lights

Photographer Darren “Darius Twin” Pearson created this eye-catching video which uses long-exposures and Night-Writer light paintings to bring skeletons to life as they dance to the jazzy track Tarova by Snarky Puppy (not to be confused with Skinny Puppy.)

Love on Fire

Love on Fire

Photographer Markus Hofstaetter created a dramatic wedding portrait with a long exposure image of the bride and groom as they stood in a reflecting pond as an assistant in a fire suit walked back and forth with a 9+ foot-long Kevlar wick dipped in oil and set afire.

Literal Hot Wheels

Literal Hot Wheels

The Mad Track Brothers put some flammable cargo on a Hot Wheels car, then let it loose to spin through numerous loops on their twisty Darda track. It’s a cool idea, but the best part is the long-exposure image they captured of the car’s fiery ride. More here.

After Dark

After Dark

Red Bull Air Force athletes Jeffrey Provenzano and Amy Chmelecki went into a wind tunnel, donning LED flight suits and electroluminescent helmets. As they performed their acrobatics, they were recorded with a multiple exposure effect to trace their movements through light.

Creating Fire Rain

Creating Fire Rain

Rob Nelson and Jonas Stenstom from Untamed Science demonstrate how to capture amazing long-exposure photographs using steel wool, a 9-volt battery, a chain, and an egg beater to create a cool visual effect that looks like rain made from fire. More here.

Drone vs. Car Light Painting

Drone vs. Car Light Painting

This promo spot for Australia’s Holden Astra by GMUNK and The Creators Project used a combination of illuminated quadcopters and a car outfitted with extra lights to create some cool abstract long-exposure light paintings.

Drone Light Paintings

Drone Light Paintings

Drone photography is usually shot from the POV of the drone. FICTION used the drone itself as the subject, attaching lights to a DJI Phantom, shooting long-exposures of its flights, then making kaliedoscopic patterns in Photoshop.

Firefly Frenzy

Firefly Frenzy

We may only see snowflakes dancing in the air for the next few months but we can still enjoy these long-exposure photos of Golden fireflies taken from 2008-2011 in Japan.

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Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Photographer Ian Hobson produces incredible, colorful effects using LEDs and cold cathode tubes as his paintbrushes. He also experiments with Arduino-based devices to create some patterns.

B-Boy Photo Experimentation

B-Boy Photo Experimentation

It doesn’t matter that these breakdancers are speaking Portuguese. The incredible slow-mo, multi- and long-exposure images require no translation (and captions just get in the way.)

Light-Painted Proposal

Light-Painted Proposal

Boy, guys just keep setting the bar higher and higher. Derrick Childress proposed to his girl, Emily by shooting 800 individual 10 second exposures over 3 nights, assembling them into a single shot.

Rippled

Rippled

Individual light paintings take a lot of time and effort to pull off. So a light painted music video is a real feat. Darcy Prendergast of Oh Yeah Wow spent 6 months making this video for All India Radio.

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