Jan Leonardo is one of the most well-known light painting photographers working today. I can pretty much guarantee that anywhere people are discussing the best artists in the medium, LAPP-PRO will be mentioned. And if you take one look at Leonardo’s work, you’ll quickly realize just why he’s so well-known.
Plainly put, he demonstrates a mastery over the craft that isn’t seen anywhere else, and combined with his highly inventive and original concepts, this makes him stand leaps and bounds above most artists working with light painting. This is probably why he’s one of the few people doing it that are officially sponsored by Canon, Zeiss, and LED Lenser.Left one is JL’s portrait. From his work, I can see that he likes stencils a lot, the butterfly that he shows in the third picture were stencil, and the composition of the pics gives me a view of 3D theme.
Robin Carpenter is a very imaginative artist. He has his own unique ideas and methods to take light painting. He is also the first prize winner at the lights of the future 2006 awarded by the German Design Council. He uses light to indicate the perception of objects. With spiral light, people’s eyes must follow the movement of many LED lights. It’s like people are looking for something special, like a meteor. At the same time, he wanted to apply the light paining works to reality. When he started making the “Meteor” work, he received inspiration to create a chandelier. Just like the photo below, use three LED light bars around to create a 360° infinite loop. Robin Carpenter is not only an excellent light painting artist, but he also inspired me to create from the artwork. He is one of my favorite artists.
Step 1: Set the camera on Manual mode.
Step 2: Set the ISO of the camera low, I recommend 100 to 400.
Step 3: Set the shutter speed for 10, to 30 seconds. (Not 1/10th or 1/30th, you may need to check the camera because some cameras will display a “4” rather than a “1/4” which may be misleading.)long exposure. If you have a remote shutter handy, or an assistant, set the camera to BULB.
Step 4: Set the aperture. This number will vary but if the scene is pretty dimly lit I would suggest starting with f/8. I wouldn’t use anything too low but it’s going to depend mainly on the strength of your light source. Higher the light output, higher your aperture.
Step 5: Set the focus on your subject using the camera’s AF (auto focus). Then once you have locked that in switch the lens to MF (Manual Focus). This step is important to do with light because the camera will try to find focus in the dark and you may be sitting there while it continuously searches.
Step 6: Setup the camera on a stable platform.
Step 7: Turn off the lights if it is not dark already and hit the shutter.
Step 8: Create your light painting by waving, twirling, throwing, or moving your light source. You can also move the camera or zoom in or out on the lens.
Step 9: View results and repeat.
This is the picture that I practice to draw a skull that add it in one of my final light painting picture. Use a small finger light.
This is the second practice of the skull, I am try to draw it like a really one. Use the small finger light.
This is also the picture that I practice to draw skull. It is better than last 2. Use the small finger light.
This is the N+ one that I practice to draw the skull and it is better than the skull I draw before. Use the small finger light.
This is a picture that we use the flash light to make multiple the same person shows up in the picture multiple time. But I did not find correctly the range that the camera can photograph. So it just shows up 2times. Use the flash light and the phone.
This is a picture that I shows up 2 times to make a action that I am against myself. And we use the phone to make some strange light in the picture.
This is a picture that I want to make another me into a skull stand in my opposite side, and use the blue to paint me. I used laser to draw the skull. Use the flashlight cover with blue plastic.
This is the second time. But I did not find the true position, and I am not sharp in this picture.
This picture I first use the camera to photograph the computer with the forest picture then I wear a big sweater and use the flash light to print myself.
This is use the same way to photograph, but I add guitar in to the picture and wear the blue hat that want to remedy my black shirt. Because the black shirt is too dark that it won’t show up in the picture.
We were trying to use the mirror to create a sense of unrealistic feeling. As you can see through the image, we used the flash to paint Bill twice, and he showed up 3 times through the illusion of the mirror.
We flashed Bill three times, and we asked Bill to do different moves each time.
He showed up three times in different positions.
I showed up twice in this image: one is blurry, and the other is solid. But the whole image looks creepy because of the pinkish background and compositions. And it’s like I am holding juries.
We spun Christmas lights to create colorful shapes.
We pained Bill only by using laser pointer。
I tried to create the fantasy that pumped out of my head. But my face was too dark.
I tried to create colorful background, but I failed
The “old Tony” is dead.
I am in a cage
Before I came to Pegasus, me myself as Tony Y was trapped in a “cage”.
I used my hand to cut my own throat (it means nothing but I am the death….HAHAHA)
we try to point out a flower.
But in the picture below, only light show up.
There are some light issuses. Below the flashlight is too bright. We need to adjust them.
Light is not so bright than just then, but where is our flower?
In this picture, we tey to make a shadow.
However, the object is too small.
As we can see, the shadow shows up. However the light is not perfect because only part of the object show up.
The flower, shows up clearly. And , the light, shadow~~~ all great!
The new topic of images, we need to test its light.
Oh, I have shown up for twice! And the angle is not pretty. One time I do not have head.
Can you see me? Can you see my face? I hope so~
This is me, but light does not allow. And my wings do not show up. We need to adjust our camera and flshlights.
This picture is took by Dean Chamberlain which is the father of light painting. He started to take the pictures since 1964. I believed Dean took a picture about the band when they were preforming. Each person in the picture was moving and there were lot of projected lights from the sate, so it was easy for him to take a that picture. In my perspective, I think that show inspired artist a lot. There is one more his picture
This artist called Eric Staller, and he also is a very famous light painting artist. The picture above is he took a photo of himself. He used the laser point to draw that shining circle stuff with strong flash. He wanted to illustrate that he is playing a whip. I guess his inspiration is from the Doctor Strange. Enjoy his picture,
Susan Sims-Hillsbrand. I think this artist is a very special light painting artist. She doesn’t like using the flash in the pictures. She just used laser to paint people’ body, thus you on’t can see the profile of people’ body in the photos. I think it’s creative.
Light Painting Artist Research
Light Painting Artist LAPP-PRO was made up of two men, JanLeonardo Woellert and Joerg Miedza. Together they are the fathers of modern day Light Art Performance Photography or LAPP. Actually, they already began to start to play with light painting, but until 2007, their career really begins. JanLeonardo discovered light painting, when he found himself trapped overnight inside an industrial complex. During his overnight stay in the complex he used his camera and LED lights to create his first light painting images, soon after that Joerg came onboard and LAPP-PRO was born. The industrial complex inspires them. And they had a website: http://www.lightart-photography.de
Here’s are some examples:
2. Eric Staller
Light artist Eric Staller could be called the father of light drawing or light graffiti in its present day form. From 1976 to 1980 Staller roamed the dark streets of New York City creating light painting photographs. Eric’s Light Drawing series could be the very first Light Art Performance Photographs ever created. He is good at “Space Writing”, especially in the streets, so there’re a lot of photos that he took on the streets. ‘Walker Street’ was the first image that he printed. It was a 1-minute ‘sparkler drawing’ he did in front of his loft in lower Manhattan. Each sparkler lasted about a minute, so that was the amount of time he had to make the drawing. He would lock the camera shutter open, light the sparkler and quickly walk down the street, holding the sparkler at curb level, to complete the composition before the sparkler went out. He felt a strong sense of exhilaration, like running the 100-meter dash with a flaming torch! Getting the film back from the lab was even more exhilarating: it was magic, my presence was invisible! There was just this trail of liquid fire. Suddenly he was drunk with the possibilities. Please visit Eric’s website at www.ericstaller.com.
Here’s are some examples:
3. Jeremy Jackson
Jeremy Jason’s use of color, patterns, and reflections create a body of work unrivaled by most. Beyond the pure aesthetic appeal of Jeremy’s work, there’s a tremendous feeling of fun that oozes out of every piece. Looking at his photos you can’t help but feel like every one of them was just as enjoyable to create as it is to look at. His beautiful, bright, and bizarre worlds are a welcome addition to the light painting universe. He has only been light painting since 2007 but in that time he has put in more work and created more images than light painters that have been shooting twice as long. He has already created more than 150 of his “Fire and Light Masks” along with hundreds of other images.
Here’s are some examples: