Rod Evans Spins Lights Around People Under Stellar Skies

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“I am actually a little bit OCD when it comes to getting things right”, says Australian photographer Rod Evans about his attention to detail in photography. Enraptured by the night sky after stopping by the roadside during a drive in 2015, he now blends light painting with scenic night sky locations across the country. Rod uses some familiar and some outright unusual tools for creating his photographs. All of which we’re going to take a look at in this in-depth interview.

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Prakash Pancholi Shows us how to Literally Paint With Light

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“The fun starts when you combine both the ambient exposure and your drawing in the image”, says Prakash Pancholi, who resides in Dubai. An airline fleet superintendent by profession, Prakash spends his spare time crafting light painting tools in his home to use in his elaborately planned, slow shutter images. What started as a hobby kicked off by accidental light exposure in one of his images turned into a passion that evolved into a portfolio.

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Creating Long Exposures with a Phone Has Never Been Easier

The Sony Xperia 1 II makes long exposures a piece of cake.

Long exposure photography is a genre that once required big, bulky cameras. Now, you can create jaw-dropping long exposures with nothing but a phone. The Sony Xperia 1 II is a smartphone with the abilities of Sony Alpha cameras. including a manual mode. These features make creating long exposures incredibly easy. After the break, we’ll show you how to capture stunning long exposures using nothing but the Sony Xperia 1 II.

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An Introduction to Long Exposures and How to Create Surreal Images

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Long exposures can be incredibly rewarding, and this technique can help you create some stunning images.

Have you ever seen an image that looks like a dream before? Imagine beautiful smooth water coming down a mighty waterfall, or clouds streaking across the sky in a landscape image. Perhaps you have seen pictures of light trails going through city streets before and have no clue how they were made. If you have never played around with long exposures before, you are in for a treat when you do. We believe photographers should have at least a basic understanding of common concepts and styles of photography, so if you have never played with long exposures, this quick guide is for you. We will keep it light and easy to follow so that you can practice and create some surreal images yourself. Let’s dive into it after the break.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Light Painting Tips

Feeling experimental? Why not try light painting with the help of today’s photography cheat sheet!

One of the coolest things you can do in low lighting conditions or complete darkness is light paintings to achieve fun and colorful effects. Whether you want to try something new or embellish a portrait with these effects, light painting will allow you to get experimental and creative with light and colors. With the help of today’s photography cheat sheet, you can practice with something relatively simple: using light painting to illuminate subjects in dim lighting.

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Zach Alan’s Light Painting Photographs Are Fire – Literally!

All images by Zach Alan. Used with permission.

“…my chief strength in this genre is improvisation,” says Zach Alan. He adds, “Whenever a location doesn’t quite pan out, it’s a good feeling to still pull off a shot I can be proud of.” Everyone should admire Zach’s light painting photographs, not only for how interesting they are but because of the time and effort he puts into creating them. While viewing them, we feel like we’re looking into another world, his creative world. We’re big fans of this type of photography. It takes us away from the pressures of everyday life and injects some fantasy and awe into our minds. We describe the work as fire, not just because we’re cool, but because they literally are. Not content with an orthodox lighting approach, he introduces actual fire to his larger than life scenes! Tired of asking, “How does he do it?” we thought it would be better to contact him and find out.

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Jorge Serra Used Light Painting to Create These Stunning Images

Photographer Jorge Serra created this awesome album cover artwork for City Number Nine using some creative freedom.

“It started has a hobby that soon developed into conceptualised way of approaching new things.” explains photographer Jorge Serra in an email to us before we interviewed him. “I started with film cameras, disposable and what was around. Then moved into digital with a point and shoot, bridge cameras and then moved up to M4/3.” Now, Jorge shoots Sony, with only prime lenses. But of course, gear isn’t everything and you can see in his images. Jorge is a genuine creative that finds ways to tell stories in a single frame. For this project, he explained that part of the creative process was working with City Number Nine–who he is good friends with. And so the comfort they had with each other helped things just flow.

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Michael Taylor on Capturing the Mystery of Light and Colors

All images by Michael Taylor. Used with permission.

We all know that light is the vital ingredient that makes every photograph possible. But for UK-based commercial photographer Michael Taylor, it’s also a fascinating muse in itself to explore and experiment with. He believes that “there’s always mystery inherent in light,” and it’s up to us to heed the call to unravel that mystery, and let playing with light inspire and surprise us. Taylor recently shared with us his project titled Light Trace, one of his recent projects under a bigger body of work called Lumen. Here, we see him experimenting with the idea of light itself as a subject, creating vibrant imagery using techniques like light painting and long exposures. The goal of this series, he says, is to “explore the convergence of light, fashion, and technology.”

In the interview below, he tells us more about the ideas that sparked Light Trace, the process behind the series, and how collaboration enabled him to realize his vision for the project.

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These Light Painting Portraits from Jason Page Are for iHeartRadio

All images by Jason D Page. Used with permission.

Based out of Hobe Sound, Florida, photographer Jason D Page has been creating light painting photographs for over a decade. Jason is also the creator of the Light Painting Brushes system, a collection of specialty lighting tools designed with light painters in mind. We had previously featured some of Jason’s work here on the Phoblographer: These Faces Were Created With Long Exposure Light Painting and his “Lady of the Lake”. Most recently, Jason did a light painting portrait project with the artists performing at iHeartRadio’s Wango Tango music festival in Los Angeles, and shared his experiences with us.

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Charlie Naebeck’s Energetic “Kinetic” Project Takes Dance Photography to New Heights

All images by Charlie Naebeck. Used with permission.

After more than a year of shooting, scouting for collaborators, editing photos, and putting everything together, Charlie Naebeck is finally set to release a book to culminate his Kinetic project. This series, which is an exploration of the energy of dance, is his own take on photographing the graceful movements of this art form through long exposures and multiple exposures. Early into the project last year, we’ve given a preview of his experimental and non-conventional approach to photographing the dancers he collaborated with. Now, he’s gearing up for a worldwide launch of his Kinetic book and an accompanying music album on October 20th.

To catch up with him and learn more about his project, we recently had a chat with Charlie, who shared in great detail the processes, motivations, and ideas behind Kinetic, as well as some information about his upcoming international launch.

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Check Out Jason D. Page’s Creative “Light Man” Light Painting Tutorial

All images by Jason D. Page. Used with permission.

Photographer and founder of the Light Painting Brushes System, Jason D. Page, has created an in-depth tutorial showcasing his method of light painting to create a “Light Man”(or woman). Using tools from his unique lighting system, Page walks you through every step providing camera settings, ideal posing and environmental options, as well as potential trouble areas for those looking to duplicate the technique. The resulting image showcases an illuminated figure with a fiery glow or something akin to what you’d see in a sci-fi film. It’s an easy-to-follow tutorial and potentially useful technique for those looking to do something creative with light painting.  Continue reading…

Creative Photographers: We Want to Feature Your Work

Continuing with the Phoblographer’s aim to share the psychology behind why we create, we’re specifically calling on those that do Creative Photography. What does that mean? Consider the idea behind Creating vs Capturing. When you capture a scene, you generally don’t have direct involvement in how it looks, to someone. But if you’re actively working to mess around and change the scene to suit a specific creative vision that you have, then you’re creative.

PS: This doesn’t mean that you need to Photoshop!

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Creating the Photograph: Jason D Page’s “Lady of the Lake”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Jason D. Page is a light painter who has been shooting since 2004; and in order to create the “Lady of the Lake” image for this series, he needed an eight minute exposure. He typically lights scenes by taking a light and painting very carefully–which can be very tough to do. In fact, Jason owns LightPaintingPhotography.com.

Here’s his story.

 

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Long Exposure Photography: The Various Types

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Long exposures can be very fun and are a creative way to emphasize a feeling in a photo. They’re generally simple to do, but complex when it comes to getting them to really stand out. However, long exposures allow a photographer to really create something that is different from all the other typical photographs that you see out there. What you’ll be happy to know though is that they let you unleash your creative freedom to its fullest potential.

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Patrick Rochon on Creating Mesmerizing Light Painting Photos

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All images by Patrick Rochon. Used with permission.

Photographer Patrick Rochon has been creating light paintings for years that have kept us amazed; he’s shot for Red Bull, shot cars, models and even came out with his own lighting tools. The tools received a bit of an update and as we’ve always said: it’s not about the tools, it’s how you use them. While that applies lots of things, Patrick’s newest Kata tool is what he uses to create his specific vision.

While the tools are highly capable, we talked to Patrick about creativity when it comes to light painting.

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Four Accessories for Light Painting Photographers

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When it comes to painting with light, what photographers obviously need are tripods, a camera capable of manual operation, lights and a creative vision. Lots of photographers use tools like flashlights, light sabers, and industrial worklights–but there are so many other tools out there that you can get your hands on. These tools will also let you create more intricate designs and will let you have lots of fun while doing it.

In the end, the goal is to look at an image with a sense of excitement at what you’ve created. Here’s what you need.

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Jesse Rockwell on Light Painting Like a Ninja

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All images by Jesse Rockwell. Used with permission.

“Wear black and move fast! Imagine you are a Ninja!” says photographer Jesse Rockwell when we asked him about how a person can prevent themselves from appearing in a long exposure when light painting.

Jesse is a California based photographer that has lived most of his life in Asia–being raised as a small kid in Kathmandu, Nepal, and later living in Bangkok, Thailand. To pay the bills, Jesse shoots food and real estate photography. But every photographer has their own personal passion and for him that’s timelapse, long exposure and travel photography. His travel work has been featured on the BBC, IFLScience, and CNN among others.

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This Beautiful Wedding Portrait Uses Creative Light Painting

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Image by Nick Murray. Used with permission.

Photographer Nick Murray recently won “Best Wedding Photographer in Wales 2014” at the Welsh National Wedding Awards, and it’s clear to see why. He has always had a love affair with light painting and being a professional wedding photographer for a little over three years has brought him in touch with who he claims are some of the coolest clients ever.

The story behind this photo is incredibly cool–or cold, rather! It was shot on a freezing December night at 10pm and took qite a long time to accomplish.

Mr. Murray’s story is after the jump.

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The LiteBlades Are the Latest Tools for Light Painting

Different Generations and prototype of Liteblades

All images by Patrick Rochon

If you’re looking for a new tool to paint with light and play with long exposures, then photographer Patrick Rochon has just what you need. They’re called the Liteblades–and they’re not anything like what you may see out of Star Wars. In fact, Patrick used them to make the Super Chromatic photos that we featured a while back.

The Liteblades are new brushes for photographers assembled (handmade and lasercut) in Canada, and have seven different configurations: GODSPEED, WINGMAN, PHOENIX, SPACETIME, BLACKDIAMOND, MONOLITH, and FIREFLY. They’re all unique tools that have different shapes and sizes for whatever your imagination can think of.

You can head on over to his shop to check them out now where each goes for $99. More images are after the jump.

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These Faces Were Created With Long Exposure Light Painting

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Photos by Jason D Page. Used with permission.

Usually, folks love creating shapes when light painting. But photographer Jason D Page decided to do something totally different. In his photo series, “Icons” Jason created faces of famous folks through light painting. More amazingly is the fact that the images are straight out of the camera without any post-production at all–sans cropping and removing a couple of dead pixels.

Jason told us a bit more about the images:

“The faces in my “Icons” series are individuals that I feel have made significant cultural impact and inspire countless people around the world. This is the kind of impact I hope my light painting work will have in the world of art and photography. I hope my light painting work inspires people to see a camera as more than a tool to document but also as an artistic instrument used to capture light.

My “Icons” series are created by first physically deconstructing an iconic image several times over. Those deconstructed pieces are then turned into many different plates made from various translucent materials. Once the plates are created the light print process can begin. My Light Print making process is similar to traditional print making with the exception of my medium being light instead of ink. Creating the plates and working out all the variables to create an image usually takes me about a week. It is a very laborious process, but for me its well worth the effort.”

More of our favorites are after the jump.

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