Welcome to Light Painting Photography. More than a website you have stumbled upon a movement. Light painting photography is exploding in popularity! I am working hard to bring you the most comprehensive light painting photography resource online, exposing the leaders of this movement and the history behind it. If you are reading this, you have found this site prior to the launch scheduled for March, 2011. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and my plans for this site.
My name is Jason Page and I am a light painter. I have been a photographer for the past sixteen years and I have been light painting, in some form or another, for the last six years. This website, Light Painting Photography, is for the promotion of the art of light painting as well as the artist that are involved in the movement. I have given my life over to exposing and exploring light painting photography and I will have the site fully launched in March 2011, then I will update the blog every few days with fresh content on light painting tools, tutorials, artist interviews, and news.
I love everything about light painting photography. I love the art form, the science, the innovation, the exploration of new locations, the creation of new tools, the creativity, the artist, and the community. Much like the street art movement of the 90’s the art of light painting has one of the strongest communities I have ever seen. Artist like TCB, that willingly give away secrets to the masses, just for the sake of being generous, are truly inspirational.
If you love what I am doing or if you think it sucks please let me know, send me your suggestions for what you would like to see on the site and any ideas you may have via the contact page. I am interested in collaborating with artist, web designers, magazines, blogs, weirdos, and strangers….Feel free to share any of the information on this site as long as you give credit and a link back to the site itself and any artist involved. To learn more about me and view my light painting work please visit my profile HERE and check out my website www.jasondpage.com.
Light Painting Photography is also known as light painting, light drawing, light writing, light graffiti, light art, light art performance photography, LAPP, camera painting, and kinetic photography. All of these names are, in one form or another, long exposure photography. In Light Painting Photography the photographer is leaving the shutter of the camera open for an extended period of time and using various lights to create color and design within the frame. Shutter speeds for light paintings can vary anywhere from 5 seconds up to 5 hours or more. To be a true light painting photograph the image must be created in one single frame without any post production manipulation whatsoever, AKA NO PHOTOSHOP. Proper light painting photographs are known as SOOC or straight out of camera.
There are 3 main techniques used to create light painting images. The first light painting technique is using off camera, or out of frame light sources. In this technique the camera is set up on a tripod or other sturdy surface and the shutter is opened for an extended period of time. The image is lit from a light source from behind the camera’s lens. This light painting technique is usually done with flashlights, strobes, and colored gels. The frame of the camera is the canvas and various lights are used like brushes to color in the scene, because the shutter of the camera is open the colors can be painted into the scene that the photographer has framed.
The second light painting technique is on camera, or in frame light sources. This technique is by far the most popular of the three. In this technique the camera is set up on a tripod or other sturdy surface and the shutter is opened for an extended period of time. Various light sources are used to create color and design with in the frame in front of the camera’s lens. Some of the light sources include flashlights, penlights, led lights, glow sticks, fiber optics, el wire, fire, poi balls, and fireworks.
Light Stencil work would also fall into this category. A light stencils image is created with the use of a flash or flashlight and a cut out stencil.
The third technique is known as Camera Painting, Kinetic Photography, or as a Camera Toss. This technique is different from the other two in that the camera is not set up on a tripod or steady surface. In this light painting technique the camera is used as the brush and moved to create the color and design within the frame.