Experimental Light Painting Photography

What do you get when you combine teamwork, imagination, and long-exposure photography? Well, you get stunning light painting images that are sure to attract your attention. It is always fun to be a part of the in-camera practical effects lesson in Experimental Practices, a course taught by Myron Campbell. Students step away from the computer and create light graffiti images using a variety of light sources that include LED flashlights and smartphone apps.

The students are first grouped into teams, and they pre-visualize their compositions. They then work to create their images by using their light sources in a dark room, like paint brushes, to selectively reveal the characters in the shots by illuminating them. Interesting light patterns are captured in their shots by using slow shutter speeds. By adjusting the speeds of their movements, different effects can be achieved. The students also experiment with multiple exposures as another technique in this class.

Check out the light painting results below!