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…
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
I have recently been informed of a website that has copied and pasted what has taken me months of work to compile with out giving any credit or a link back to the site. I am building this website for the promotion of light painting photography and the artist involved in the movement as well as a resource for light painters and those who are interested in our art form. We are all inspired by the work of other light painters, other writers, other photographers, and other artist in general. I don’t agree with Pablo Picasso when he said “Good artist copy, Great artist steal”. The point is….. PLEASE spread the word about light painting photography and feel free to use anything on this site, copy and paste it if you want, just give credit where credit is due! If you use photos from an artist give the artist credit and a link back to their website. If you copy and paste the entire history of light painting page to create a page on your own website be sure to say where you got it from! Light painting photography has a very close community, we know who is putting in the work and who is not.
Picking the brain of Light Painter TCB aka Dana Maltby.
1. What is your name?
2. Do you have an alias that you go by?
Twin Cities Brightest
3. Are you a soloist or are you part of a Light Painting
group? If a group who is in
My roommate is Jake Saari aka Ectro so we
shoot a lot lately, and sometimes a fellow named Mike Greenwell aka 55125. However I
prefer to shoot alone.
4. What education do you have?
Bachelors of fine arts,
Graphic Design from CVA the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota
is your occupation?
Super hero, super villain, space voyager, star child, felon,
6. How long have you been a photographer?
shooting non-stop since three years ago when I learned about light painting.
long have you been light painting?
3 years if you donÕt count the shots I did with
a lighter about 8 years ago.
8. How did you discover Light Painting
On accident, then flickr people were already doing it and I learned a
lot from others, everyone is very nice and helpful.
9. What was your first Light
Film or Digital?
11. Do you believe in aliens?
I am an alien.
12. What is
your standard Light Painting Photography setup?
Camera, tripod, lights, beer.
What is your favorite color?
influences your Light Painting Photography work?
Back in the day, Tdub303,
Pooleshooter Cindi, Lapp-pro. Now mostly Ectro, kidÕs crazy good.
15. Who is your
favorite Light Painting Artist?
Eric Staller, Lapp-pro, Ectro
16. What is your
Tie between good chili and stir fry
17. Do you create in any other
mediums other than light painting? If so what are
I used to do the graff and
I have a degree in Graphic Design.
18. What is your favorite Light Painting
Photography image that you have created?
If you knew how much I shoot you would
know thatÕs impossible to answer. How about this, itÕs the image that I did last at
the time of this interview.
19. What is your favorite Light Painting Photography
image of another artist?
20. What is the most
difficult part of Light Painting Photography?
Centering the camera in a perfectly
round tunnel, not getting arrested breaking into buildings.
21. How do you get your
Light Painting Photography work seen?
The interwebs, flickr, facebook but that is
really pissing me off with all the retards on it, and some shows. I donÕt really
care about shows since itÕs basically a waste of time explaining to everyone how you
do light painting. I prefer to take a photo every day instead.
22. Do you sell your
Light Painting Photography work?
24. Where can we see more of your
What is your favorite quote?
Straight out of the camera or die.
26. Who is your
27. What is you favorite activity other than light
Risking my life.
28. Tell me a good light painting story.
me off after being utterly confused as to what the hell IÕm doing.
29. Tell me a
nightmare light painting story.
The spot got locked down.
30. Have you ever been
arrested or ticketed for light painting?
31. What do you say to people
when they see you light painting and they ask Òwhat
the hell are you doingÓ?
32. Where do you find inspiration for your Light Painting
Sci-fi movies, my hatred for everyone who is lazy.
33. Who would you
like to punch?
People who think HDR photos are hot, they are not.
35. Why do you
Because IÕm addicted.
36. What is your favorite time to shoot?
the middle of the day in a tunnel or cave or building basement.
37. What is your
favorite subject to shoot?
Gnarly fucking ruins and forgotten places, the grimier
and more dangerous the better.
39. If you could travel anywhere to Light Paint
where would you go?
The top of the Mayan ruins in 2012 to spin an orb on top of the
temple as the apocalypse strikes.
40. Have you ever invented a Light Painting
Photography tool? If so what was it and
how did it work?
IÕve been a part of a lot
of ground breaking tools, check out my tutorials.
41. Do you ever get sick of
explaining your work to people?
Not when they are hot girls and itÕs making me
42. How many times have you heard the word photoshop when someone
describing or asking about your work?
A lot, and I think a lot of people do use
it. They donÕt use it to create the light, but thatÕs the easy part anyway. If you
couldnÕt get the shot you wanted straight from the camera then realize itÕs
impossible and move on.
43. What makes you happy?
Beer on abandoned building
44. What makes you mad?
Not bringing enough beer, water dripping from
the ceilings of drains into my beer.
45. What part of Light Painting Photography do
you enjoy the most?
Making awesome images.
46. What part of Light Painting
Photography do you hate the most?
Pushing myself way too hard all the time.
you have a website? If yes what is the address?
What is Light Painting Photography?
A long exposure photograph with light movement
or surface painting, It is not strobing, thatÕs why strobing has a different
49. Give me some advice for anyone that might like to try Light
Look at my tutorials and on the flickr group Light
50. Are you scared of the
You should buy this LED light sword from me for $60 all wired up, make the magic happen yourself with this super duper light tool brought to you by Twin Cities Brightest.
by Dana Maltby
Using my space voyagers spirograph, and my light wheel invention, taking it to the tunnel for this short film about math, hookers, and urbex.
by Dana Maltby
All the lightboarding footage i have compiled into a short video.
by Dana Maltby