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Light Painting Photography

002 Light Painting

Light Painting Process
Light painting & painting with light are terms that describe photographic techniques of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph. This can be used to create light trials or to light the subject itself by "painting" it with light.
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A fully light painted campaign for Hennessy showing Trails and Light painted bottle.

Technique

I love working with tight trails but Im also interested in its use in lighting a still life subject in unique, efficient and unusual ways that are unachievable with conventional lights.

In traditional light painting you point your light source at the camera and paint a line. In this long exposure technique you hide your light source from the camera and point it at your subject.

I capture a multitude of different brushstroke of the subject and composite the layers in custom HDR software.

The nice thing about the process is myself and the Art Director can mix and remix the image after the shoot using different layers.
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History

Its a technique with a long history. it stretches back to Picassio and beyond but Aaron Jones deserves a mention for his Hosemaster fiber optic lighting tool developed in the 1980’s and its used as a serious lighting source for photography.

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Stills & Motion

Stills & Motion

Im currently further developing techniques to intergrate its usage into motion shoots. Motion requires wider less precisly directed lighting than still as the subject tends to move. I can "paint on" the precision light ovet the video lights to get that perfect still life out of a video setup without compromise in time or quality.