Painting with Light
Fiber-Optic Light Painting
The photographic technique of 'Painting with Light' has been around since the very early days of photography.
WHAT IS LIGHT PAINTING ?
Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera during the exposure. Subjects can be lit by 'painting' the subject with light from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.
Many kinds of light source can be used, from simple flashlights to dedicated devices like the Hosemaster, which uses a fiber optic light pen with many attachments to 'shape' the light. Colored gels can be used to color the light. Other sources of light such as candles, matches, fireworks and glowsticks, could also be used.
Selective 'blur' can be added to an image by camera movement or the use of diffusion filters over the lens during selected parts of the overall exposure.
Light Painting Photography can be traced back to 1914 when Frank Gilbreth, and his wife Lillian, used small lights and the open shutter of a camera to track the motion of workmen.
Man Ray, in his 1935 series "Space Writing," was the first known art photographer to use the technique. Barbara Morgan began making light paintings in 1940.
By using this technique you can produce images that are as 'way out' or as 'normal' as you wish.
Even everyday items can be turned into works of art.
Try it !
To get started all you need is a camera (that has a 'B' or 'T' shutter setting), a tripod, a darkened room, a few colored gels and a good penlight torch.
I have just posted a new 'collection' with my modern take on this old photographic technique. I produced most of the images in this collection by using Hosemaster Fiber-Optic Light Painting equipment. Most of these images were shot on white background paper which was then colored using light and color gels.
View my collection: "Fiber-Optic Light Painting" at the following link:
You can get a basic idea of the techniques used by watching the video at this link:
A few pictures from the collection..........