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Light Graffiti or Light Painting January 11, 2009

Posted by C0Y in Art & Literature, Photos.
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No, this is not some sort of  CGI or an edited photo… this is what they call Light Graffiti or Light Painting. And I’m not kidding this time.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source (flashlights, cellphones, laser pointers, etc..) or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources. (taken from wikipedia, cause they defined the art better).


I’ve actually tried doing this with my point and shoot camera and, trust me, it’s entirely possible. But the results aren’t as perfect as these ones of course (cause these are made by experts).


The light can  be used to  “paint” a picture (by shining it directly into the camera lens), or illuminate parts of the subject .

You can do this yourself by making your subject (or yourself… just use a tripod) form something from a light source – flashlight, cellphone, etc.. – while you take the photo in a very slow shutter speed. Atleast 5 second or more would be perfect.

Nothing but cool.

3 Critical:

  1. Like Magic – certainly looks like magic to me. Doesn’t it?
  2. Who? – the first man who invented this form of photography is nothing but a genius. But who is it?
  3. Let There Be Light – yeah, and capture it with a camera.


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