10 Tools and Techniques for Light Painting

Photography & Video
Image: JJ Harrison
Image: JJ Harrison

This article first appeared in MAKE Volume 38, on pages 52–55.

Light painting is an art form created by moving a light source and camera in relation to one another during a long exposure. Though light painting is almost as old as photography itself, it has seen an explosion in popularity since the advent of the digital camera. Modern light painters have developed a rich variety of original tools and methods to create their art. Here are just a few of my personal favorites.

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  1. Patrick Ko says:

    HI, you don’t speak about mobile applications witch can help us to do fun Light painting photo.
    I’m a photographer and I try some technics on light painting.
    I have develop an Android application witch help lightpainter to write words or paint with brush of different shapes or color.
    The app is visible here;

    And a page shows some samples here;
    Sorry, this site is only available in french for the moment.

    Could you give my application some visibilty on your web-site?

    with regards,

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Jason D. Page

JASON D. PAGE is a light painter and founder of lightpaintingphotography.com. Jason lives and works in Tequesta, Florida, and is an avid outdoorsman who often seeks out desolate places for his light painting work. Check out jasondpage.com for more of his light painting work.

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