The magic of light painting photography

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The magic of light painting photography

Photography has many facets and is therefore very versatile. Every photographer is also different and has their own style and way of working.

But we are all equal in one thing: we are looking for the magic of photography. 

One branch of photography where that magic can really be experienced is making light paintings. Light really comes alive here. A still image gets movement. The light is magically displayed. 

But how do you feel this magical moment? It's very clear to me:

When making a light painting, the eye cannot see the result. In front of the eye, someone is making strange movements with a tube and the end result is only clear when the photo is on the display. This is a magical moment. 

Especially if you have long exposure noise reduction on (long exposure noise reduction). A photo of 10 seconds then takes 20 seconds because the camera takes a black reference photo in order to recognize the noise and eliminate it in the real photo. 

The thrill of waiting...and then...the photo. 

Every time this is a beautiful moment. And even if you do light paintings for much longer, this is the magic that lasts. 

Light painting is also constantly improving. Look at what you did wrong and what you need to adjust.

Frequently made mistakes are:

  • Making too fast movements with the tubes so that the colors don't come out nicely
  • Too irregular speed causing color differences
  • Turning the tube too much so that the back is facing the camera
  • Too little variation in the patterns (be inspired by other photographers)

And that's how you make steps and bring the magic into your work.


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