An Artist Created a Stop-Motion Short Film Using 1139 Light Paintings

Light painting is the process of using light and long exposure photography to create almost electric-looking works of art. This bit of light trickery has been used by artists and hobbyists to create stunning visual works as well as recreating the proton streams from GhostBusters. But Darren Pearson, also known as… » 1/25/15 2:25pm 1/25/15 2:25pm

Fantastic video recreates Ghostbusters effects using stop-motion

Using Light Painting Effects To Recreate the Ghostbusters Proton Streams

When you find yourself in times of trouble, always remember: Don't cross the streams. Egon's ghostbusting words of wisdom still hold true today. Joey Shanks at PBS Digital Studios knows that. But he's risked total protonic reversal to show us how to recreate the glowing effects of everyone's favorite Slimer-busting… » 9/09/14 8:40pm 9/09/14 8:40pm

This Robot Is the Rembrandt of Painting With Light

The more traditional technique of light painting involves creating freehand designs using a point of light in front of a camera taking a long exposure photo. The results are occasionally recognizable—but most often random—and that's part of their appeal. Jeff Crossman and Kevyn McPhail take a different approach,… » 6/05/14 10:00am 6/05/14 10:00am

An LED-Covered Drone Traced This Neon Light-Graffiti Through the Sky

Who Needs Fireworks When You've Got a Psychedelic LED Rave Plane?

Sure, light painting is awesome when you're doing long exposure shots with a PixelStick or something, but that's only one way to cover your world in glowing graffiti. Take, for instance, this LED-powered rainbow plane. » 1/01/14 7:00pm 1/01/14 7:00pm

A Giant Tube of LEDs Can Turn Anyone Into a Glowing Graffiti Artist

Light painting is rad: a long exposure, a dark background, and a flashlight all come together to make an eerie, sci-fi effect. High-tech, LED-powered light painting is even cooler, but so far it's been a fringe hobby for die-hard DIYers. Pixelstick, with a newly-launched Kickstarter campaign, wants to put crazy… » 10/30/13 8:20pm 10/30/13 8:20pm

This Font Was Created Using Light Streaks From an iPhone

This font, called Phone Streak, might not be the most practical typeface in the world, but it was probably the most fun to create—because it was put together by capturing long exposures of an iPhone being swept through the air. » 9/04/13 7:02am 9/04/13 7:02am

Shooting Challenge: Dual Sparkler Exposures

We've done long exposures. And many of you have blown things up with fireworks. For this week's Shooting Challenge, we're combining the ideas in a technique that looks hard but anyone can pull off. » 2/06/13 12:20pm 2/06/13 12:20pm

You Won't Believe How This Car Was Light Painted

Light painting is something that's almost always impressive to me—ooh! look at the lights!—but this is just off the charts. The Found Collective teamed up with Marshmallow Laser Feast used a gigantic plasma TV on a track to create 3D imagery. It's like 3D light printing. » 10/03/12 10:00pm 10/03/12 10:00pm

These Girls Are Wearing Nothing But Light

Light painting is one of those magical photography techniques that never gets old. Batman logos! Fancy effects! And even... dresses? Mmhmm. Atton Conrad, an advertising and art photographer, used light painting to dress his beautiful models to make them look even more gorgeous. » 5/16/12 3:40pm 5/16/12 3:40pm

What Is This Trippy Burst of Light?

This is not a screensaver. Nor is it what happens if something goes wrong at the LHC, or the result of too much LSD. In fact, it's what happens if you have an over-active imagination and go out light paining with a remote control helicopter. » 5/11/12 6:10am 5/11/12 6:10am

Bullet Time Light Painting Makes Beautiful 3D Graffiti

Light painting is a cool effect and all, but we're seen enough of it that it's getting close to oh-god-not-another-lens-flare territory. But light painting mixed with bullet time, to create 3D light graffiti? Totally fresh and gorgeous. » 4/23/12 8:20pm 4/23/12 8:20pm

The Coolest Light-Painting Device Yet

Forget you Maglite, your glowstick, and definitely your cellphone, there's a new, cooler brush for painting with light. It's called the LightScythe. It's a long wand of computer controlled LED lights, and with it you can create some amazing images. » 3/25/12 8:30pm 3/25/12 8:30pm

Light Paint Can—Photographic Vandalism for Polite Society

Unless your name rhymes with "Anksy" or you've got the chops to do burners like this, you might want to consider a less...permanent means of expressing yourself in the public space. The Light Spray Can might just be the answer. » 11/11/11 2:20am 11/11/11 2:20am

Fake Google SIMs, Real Weird Bikes, and Other Stories We Didn't Post

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. » 9/23/11 8:00pm 9/23/11 8:00pm

Ghostly Lightpainting Uses a Cross-Sectioned Video of an Executed…

Lightpainting requires a certain sort of skill to get the sort of marvellous results we've seen previously, but Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott went the whole nine yards and played an animation of a cross-sectioned human body on a laptop, which they then whizzed through the air and took long-exposure photos of. » 4/07/11 6:40am 4/07/11 6:40am

The Most Stunningly Spectral Light Paintings You'll Ever See

It's official; this blizzaster we're stuck with has ushered in an age of glowing, fire-ringed skeletons that will send us to our maker. Either that or someone is very, very good at light painting. » 2/02/11 4:40pm 2/02/11 4:40pm