an introduction to light painting

Light Painting is an innovative and electrifying form of photography which is accessible to all ages and abilities.

We usually think of a photograph as a single moment in time, a brief ‘snapshot’ – but what if that moment was 10, 20 or 30 seconds long? ‘Long exposures’ like this transform images – human movement becomes ghostly or even invisible, light sources leave pulsing trails of colour, and night becomes day.

By combining the movement of light painting tools (think multicoloured LEDs, light sabres and high powered torches) with these simple but powerful techniques, astonishing and vibrant pictures are achievable for anyone – even a total photography novice.

The internet is full of this form of photography. A simple google search on Light Painting will present with a mass of examples, how to's and communities that are open and willing to share.