Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Light painting - where imagination meets photoshop

Light painting has been around since man invented the camera. Or at least since man invented shutter speed for the camera. Light painting is when you extend the shutter speed to expose the sensor for a longer than normal period of time. At that time you can take a light source, move it around and create... well....magic. Imagine the look on the face of the person who first accidentally produced a light painting image. He or she must have thought demons had invaded the inside of the camera.

Famous light painting artists include Picasso, who in a legendary series done in 1949 was documented in Life Magazine. It's what kept Picasso relevant, always reaching out to new mediums. You can rest assured if he were still alive today he'd have a tablet in his studio mastering digital painting.

Here's a site with more examples and background on light painting.

Light painting is like any other type of photography; your result is only limited by your imagination.

With over 30 years experience, Tim McLarty  currently works out of Toronto Canada as a writer/voice performer, producer and media strategist producing advertising and entertainment content.

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