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LA Photographer Eric Curry’s series American Pride and Passion is just beautiful. Each piece is achieved using a very simple technique: The scene is staged in darkness, a camera positioned to record it, and different parts individually illuminated—say, with a flashlight—while a long exposure is recorded. The many resulting images are composited in appropriate software, and with considerable artistry, to create the glowing, ethereally-lit finished pieces.

This video nicely illustrates the process. Besides his evident talents as a photographer, Curry is a fairly skilled narrator, and a pleasure to listen to. Apart from vast patience, all that’s really required to do what he does is a digital camera and a computer with basic photo-editing software. [via DIYPhotography.net]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://twitter.com/lovince Vincent Lo

    “Painting with Light” – absolutely stunning! http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/10/light-painting-a-b-25-bomber.html

  • http://profiles.google.com/theburningchrome r b

    Beautiful!

  • Sebastian Merchel

    Try light painting yourself using your WEBCAM: http://www.mylightpainting.com. You could also use your mobile phone as light source.