Here is latest episode of the Light Painting Photography VLOG. There isn’t much Light Painting in this episode of the VLOG but I wanted to share the experience anyway because I think there is still some good stuff in here. It just goes to show that things don’t always work out like you plan especially when you are trying to creating Light Paintings in places you have never been before. The next episode has lots of light painting in it I promise… If you have not subscribed to our YouTube channel yet please do it NOW! This episode was filmed in Golden and Estes Colorado at the Stanley Hotel where they filmed some of The Shining! Enjoy…
In this light painting video tutorial Chanette Manso shows us how she uses the 3 Foot Sparkle Fiber Optic From Light Painting Brushes to create Lilies made of Light! Check out the tutorial video and images below Chanette has created using this light painting technique. You can make these lilies anywhere even on the rooftops of New York City! You can see more of Chanette’s work on her Instagram Here and if you want to learn more about light painting in NYC make sure to check out Light Painting New York HERE.
Here are the submissions for this months Light Painting Photography Contest! The theme of this Light Painting contest was to create spiral out of light, obviously there are very different interpretations of what a spiral can mean… The theme of this contest was based on the Spiral Light Painting Tutorial by Jason Rinehart.
Everyone PLEASE VOTE in the comment section of this page to pick your top 3 favorite images, ONLY VOTE ONE TIME. The images all have a number in the title (EXAMPLE… IF ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES IS THE IMAGE TITLED “Light Painting Contest February 2019 01″ THEN YOU SHOULD PUT THE NUMBER 01 AS ONE OF YOUR CHOICES). Voters must include 3 unique choices for your votes to be counted. In other words no 1,1,1, or 5,5,5, or 7,7,7,…..Please pick your three favorite IMAGES based on the image alone, the voting will end March 1st at Midnight Eastern Standard Time, Enjoy.
This light painting photography contest series is sponsored by the coolest damn companies on earth COAST Flashlights, Neon Flexible, LED Flexible,and Light Painting Brushes ! Please support these awesome companies that support our light painting art from, without them this contest series would not be possible!
Light Painting Photographer Dee Light specializes in a form of light drawing known as Light Calligraphy. I had the pleasure of meeting and shooting with Dee about a year ago and to see him create is work in real life is something special. His movements are smooth and elegant and I was really impressed with his general spacial awareness and the way he moved his lights through the air. Dee has created a nice video tutorial showing how he creates his Light Calligraphy along with some help from fellow Light Painting Artist Chanette Manso, check it out below!
A new website created by Light Painting Artist Dan Chick and Gunnar Heilmann has just been released to the world! The website LightPainters.com is all about connecting Light Painting Artist with each other along with various other opportunities! One of my favorite features of the website is the interactive map showing where other artists are located, everywhere in the world! This is such a great feature for a traveling artist that is looking to collaborate away from home!
There has been a massive amount of work that has gone into building this website for the community so please go to LightPainters.com create your profile, check out all the awesome features and don’t forget to throw Dan and Gunnar a Thank You for all the countless hours that went into building this for our community!
Light Painting Photographer Kirk Edwards recently shared a pretty cool Light Painting project called “Cooking Up Something Light” These images were pretty unique and not something I had seen before so I reached out to Kirk to find out a little bit more!
Hey Kirk I recently saw your images from Cooking up something Light! Those are really cool can you tell me a little bit more about these images where did this idea come from?
Thanks, Jason! While I can’t remember the exact “Aha!” moment that made me think to try putting lights on a Kitchen Aid attachment, I can tell you that ever since this little parasite called light painting took hold of my brain I find my self constantly playing the “what if” game. You know the “what if” game, right? For example, you’re cleaning your kid’s room and come across one of their light up toys and you think “Hmmm.. what if I take that twelve dollar Star Wars light saber and wave it behind a model on a Lyra ring? That might be really cool?” Then you try it and the result is even better than you had imagined. Next thing you know you’re stealing every toy from your kid that has a light on it and writing it off as photography gear.
Back to the Kitchen Aid, I’ve always liked spirographs ever since I watched your How-To video a couple years ago, and I’ve done my fair share of them over the years. But I think it’s important to progress as an artist and to try to avoid doing the same thing over and over. So the Kitchen Aid idea was just another “what if” moment applied to an old concept. Really love how they turned out.
They are really cool and YES I know the What If game very well, lol… It looks like a holiday light string, is that what you used to create these images?
Yes, they are called “Fairy Lights” on Amazon. They are basically a group of tiny LEDs on a bendable copper wire. Super affordable and very versatile.
How did you get the lights to stay on the Mixer?
For the paddle attachment, once I decided where I wanted the lights the go I just used small pieces of gaffers tape to hold them in place. Then I bundled up the extra length along with the power supply and taped them somewhere out of the way, making sure to conceal any extra lights. Same for the dough hook.
Did you modify the mixer at all to get it to work?
No modifications were needed this time around. But I’ve already got a whole slew of “what if’s” swirling around for next time.
Oh I bet you do! Are you planning on creating more images like these and expanding the series?
The feedback from these has been so positive that I am already planning on creating a series of additional images to accompany these. So stay tuned;)
Where can we see more of your work and stay tunned?
All of my work can be seen on my Instagram @_kirkae. Website coming soon.
Great man, thank you for tanking the time to share these images! I am sure they will inspire some other creatives to tape lights to their kitchen appliances!
UPDATE: After much support from the Light Painting Photography Community as well as a few big guns like PetaPixel and DIYPhotography sharing Tim’s story 500PX has put Tim’s account back online like nothing ever happened. There are two things that I take from this the first is that the Light Painting Community is awesome and we have a lot of work to do to educate the masses about the magic we make in camera!
Light Painting Photographer Tim Gamble, a.k.a. Fade To Black Light Art, has had his account removed from photo website giant 500px for posting “non-photographic” content. This is pretty ironic considering that Tim’s work is created 99% in camera, I am pretty sure that would meet the requirements of being a photograph. Unfortunately 500PX didn’t give Tim a chance to plead his case or to show that his work is indeed created using a camera, they instead simply deleted his account. I often look at Tim’s Light Painting Photography and can’t wrap my head around how he creates his work in camera, I guess I am not the only one… I reached out to Tim to find out what happened…
Hey Tim I just saw your post on getting your account removed for posting “NON-Photographic Content” from one of the world’s largest photography platforms 500PX That is pretty insane considering all your images are photographs! Lets go ahead and clear this up, how do you create your images? What is the main instrument that you use to create your images, I am guessing its a Camera?
That’s correct I use my camera to record the light I place in the frame. I have various tools I use in conjunction with my camera such as my Light Painting Brushes, my Camera Rotation Tool and Lens Swapping which can lead to some crazy results.
How much of your work is illustration or graphic design created on a computer?
I’d say 99% of my work is created in camera during a single long exposure with some Lightroom edits to the raw file. Sometimes I like to create double exposures in P.S. for some of my 365 project shots but they are described as such and are few and far between and I wouldn’t classify them as graphic design or an illustration as the above there are more a digital double exposure.
Did someone report you as in another 500PX user, or was it the moderators of the website itself? Did you get any clarification on what happened?
I got no clarification really. I was told via email, after I had asked the question about my account, that another user could have reported me for posting non photographic content. That is fine with me as to the untrained eye that’s exactly what you would think. Im annoyed that my profile was deleted without any communication from 500px.
Was there one image in particular that made them think that your images were not created in camera?
Again I’m not sure, although from memory I think the last image I uploaded there was one called shrunken head. An in camera double exposure created with the help of Chris Thompson involving a lens swap, lasers and a silhouette.
I have also been using some 3d video files very kindly shared with me by Hugo Baptista in conjunction with ICM. The resulting images from which look very much like cgi.
Holy crap those are insane, I’ve got to say I could see how its hard to understand that these are created in camera! What a shame that your work wasn’t celebrated and featured for how amazing it is! How long had you had your 500PX account?
I’d had my account for a long time and even had an editors choice from Eric Pare when he was guest editor which is kind of ironic.
Wow that is pretty ironic! I guess when Eric was the guest editor he understood how extraordinary your Light Painting Photography work really is! Did they give you any sort of warning, or did they just pull your account?
The first I knew was when I was filling in a profile for a new project and checked to see I had written my 500px account correctly. I clicked the link I had created and it lead me to a page saying this account no longer exists. I thought I’d been hacked at first but then I got email confirmation yesterday from 500px saying it had been deleted.
Were you a premium member, and if so are you going to get a refund?
Not a premium member but some of my images are on Getty via 500px which again is quite amusing.
Did you appeal the removal of your account?
I’m in the process of doing so but my last correspondence from them stated that my profile won’t be reinstated.
Did you offer to prove that your images were actually created in camera?Considering they have all the exif data there attached to my images already I’m not sure they are to bothered.
I think the best way to take it is as a huge compliment in that your images are so damn good that they can’t comprehend that they are actually created in camera, How are you feeling about it?
As you said it feels like quite a compliment and I’m not angry. It’s unsurprising that to the untrained eye they appear to be created in a non photographic manner although you would have thought that on a platform such as theirs someone would have the first idea as to what light painting is.. The one thing which leaves a sour taste in my mouth is the fact they deleted it without at least asking me or giving warning. What if I used 500px as a method of storing my images and that suddenly were to dissappear.
Well hopefully this will turn into something good for you! I sincerely hope that your talent to create images in your camera are so mind boggling people can’t understand them is shared and given the recognition it deserves rather than being taken down from websites for being too damn good! The removal of your account is really something special in good and bad way…
If you would like to SEE more of Tim’s mind blowing images you can check it out at the links below, please give this man a follow! Tim is truly a modern day photographic pioneer!
Tim’s Light Painting Brushes Page
The winner for the Light Painting photography contest from December 2018 is… Jannis Sid for this simple and elegant Light Painting image he created while walking around one of his favorite locations in the center of Helsinki. This is what Jannis said about the winning image,
For this winning Jannis will receive a prize package filled with light painting tools from our sponsors COAST Flashlights, and Light Painting Brushes ! Please support these awesome companies that support our light painting art from, without them this contest series would not be possible! If you would like to enter the next Light Painting Photography contest click here for all the details.
Here are the submissions for this months Light Painting Photography Contest! The theme of this contest was to create a flower completely out of light. Thank you to those that submitted images, especially Ms. Scroggin’s Photography class!
Everyone PLEASE VOTE in the comment section of this page to pick your top 3 favorite images, the images all have a number in the title (EXAMPLE… IF ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES IS THE IMAGE TITLED “Light Painting Contest December 2018 01″ THEN YOU SHOULD PUT THE NUMBER 01 AS ONE OF YOUR CHOICES). Voters please vote just ONE time and you must include 3 unique choices for your votes to be counted. In other words no 1,1,1, or 5,5,5, or 7,7,7,…..Please pick your three favorite IMAGES based on the image alone, thank you and enjoy. Voting ends December 31th at Midnight Eastern Standard Time.
The winner for the Light Painting Photography contest for November 2018 is… Kim Von Coels for the above ghostly image created in her mothers garden with a little help from her friend Sophie!
Kim said this about her winning image:
This photo was created in my mothers back garden, with my friend Sophie Alexi, after several glasses of Port.
To create this image we used an old mosquito net, one torch (LED lenser P7.2) and a blue gel/filter.
First I got Sophie to stand with the mosquito net over her and i lit her and the net with the blue gel over my torch. I then removed the gel and flashed the torch toward the camera several times in a circle around her to create the stars. I then removed the net and asked her to crouch in the same place as she was standing and lit her briefly again. There is a bit of ambient light in the garden from the house lights and the sky is picking up the street lights from a nearby village.
It is an 89 second exposure at F10 and 200 ISO shot using my Nikon D610.
Check out more of Kim’s work at: http://www.thekrumbleempire.com
For this winning image Kim will receive a prize package filled with illuminating tools from our sponsors below. For your chance to win click here to see the next Light Painting Contest Theme and how to enter.
And as always this light painting photography contest series is sponsored by the best damn companies on earth COAST Flashlights, Neon Flexible, LED Flexible,and Light Painting Brushes ! Please support these awesome companies that support our light painting art from, without them this contest series would not be possible!