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Shut Up and Do It: Light Painting

June 12, 2009 Art, Photography

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If you’re trying to explain the medium of light painting to someone these days, the easiest way is to bring up “those Sprint commercials.” Not to take away from the incredible work done by the Brickyard VFX team that created the ad spots, but Sprint’s advertisement agencies did not invent light painting. Although I couldn’t discover the origins of the process, Pablo Picasso made light paintings as early as 1949 and the medium has been utilized ever since.

Pablo Picasso light paintingPablo Picasso Light Painting

A few weeks ago some of us from The Rathaus, and Rathaus friends, collaborated on some light paintings of our own (the angel and devil above). We decided to focus on human models and use the light as adornment. A fire provided us with our primary light source and the rest was left up to the models and the painters.

If you’re looking for a way to create art outdoors after dark, try the light painting medium. And if you get any keepers send ‘em in to The Rathaus (info@therathaus.com), we’d love to see what you all come up with. If we get enough images we might just have a follow up post to work with.

For some amazing examples and variations on the theme of light painting check out this site and these videos:

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Currently there are "5 comments" on this Article:

  1. ArtInk says:

    I like what you did in the angel/devil series. What camera did you use/what settings? How did you keep the “painter” out of the frame?

  2. Jason Z says:

    Agreed. This is rad.

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  4. scott starrett says:

    @ArtInk:

    We used a tripod and a Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i (15.1 MP). The camera’s flash was turned off, the ISO set at 1600, manual focus, a 6 to 8 second exposure (the fire light was inconsistent), and an F4. We used a 17-40 mm super-wide angle lens. We used a keychain LED for the blue light, and a swiss army knife with an LED for the red light. I brought the photos into photoshop and corrected the levels. I left the devil photo as it was after that, but i placed a blue “color” transparency on the angel photo to change the fire light from orange. As far as painting goes…I hid behind the models until i heard the shutter, and then used the 6-8 seconds to draw as quickly as I could. Where I’ve slowed down is where the light becomes blown out. For example, the top of the wing on the right side of the angel photo, and the end of the devil’s tail weren’t done as quickly. We had several people helping to queue me in my proportion, placement, fluidity, etc. It was definitely a group effort. As far as keeping me out of the exposure, the trick was for me to move fast and the models to stand very still (which was not easy). Thanks for your comments.

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