25 Spectacular Light Painting Images - Digital Photography School

25 Spectacular Light Painting Images

Light Painting in its many forms has been a growing trend on Flickr and other photo sharing sites in the last couple of years.

These images are attention grabbing and full of amazing color, movement and detail. In this post we share 25 examples to inspire you.

Image by brentbat

Image by brentbat

These great images come from a variety of talented photographers including Brent Pearson (his image is above) who has written a great resource touching on the topic – Night Photography and Light Painting (one of the few resources we highly recommend).

Image by sebastien.b

Image by sebastien.b

Image by purplemattfish

Image by purplemattfish

IMage by BUR?BLUE

IMage by BUR?BLUE

Image by maistora

Image by maistora

Image by CowGummy

Image by CowGummy

Image by Sean Rogers1

Image by Sean Rogers1

Image by Thomas Rockstar

Image by Thomas Rockstar

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro

Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro

 

Image by Tom Paton

Image by Tom Paton

Image by duane.schoon aka The Schoon

Image by duane.schoon aka The Schoon

Image by artwork_rebel

Image by artwork_rebel

Image by sebastien.b

Image by sebastien.b

Image by Conekt

Image by Conekt

Image by mikeleary83

Image by mikeleary83

Image by gnackgnackgnack

Image by gnackgnackgnack

 

Image by ohhector

Image by ohhector

Image by CowGummy

Image by CowGummy

Image by artandsteel_com

Image by artandsteel_com

Image by BUR?BLUE

Image by BUR?BLUE

Image by rafoto

Image by rafoto

Image by onlinewoman

Image by onlinewoman

Image by sebastien.b

Image by sebastien.b

Image by brentbat

Image by brentbat

Image by Dr Craig

Image by Dr Craig

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  • Holly

    These are great! Light painting is one of my favorite activities to do with my kids — here is a recent collection: http://fourleafcloverphotography.smugmug.com/Other/Light-Painting

    Thanks for the post and inspirational ideas!

  • candz

    New to the painting with light techniques and was wondering what lighting I can use to get the different colours. any advice :)

  • Glen Hanhams

    It may not be pretty, but at least its 3D.

  • Glen Hanhams

    I use LED lights and cheap way to change colour for me is some coloured electrical tape (eg. a red LED with yellow tape = Orange light) also good to defuse the brightness as well

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  • Frankie M

    I started light painting about a week ago. Feedback would be nice. thanks!

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  • Jeff E Jensen

    September 24, 2013 10:41 am

    Gotta love some good light painting:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/search/label/Light%20Painting

  • David

    September 23, 2013 01:54 am

    I'm speechless, this is more then amazing! Light can make anything look extraordinary. I did frame this kind of art before, trough Photo sites or even at foto tavla

  • LED Eddie

    September 14, 2013 02:24 am

    Darren,

    Seems to be some old examples of LP. Feel free to hook in any of mine if you updating.

    Yours in light.

    LED Eddie

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lededdie/

  • Marcela Cava Balsa

    April 13, 2013 06:44 am

    Great images!

    Maybe do you like my works:

    Check Marcela Cava Balsa in wordpress:

    Pollockoflight.wordpress.com

    https://pollockoflight.wordpress.com/category/cuadros-de-luz-3/

    Regards,

    MCV

  • Maurice

    March 8, 2013 09:49 pm

    Mater of light painting: www.lightart-photography

  • mr.durian

    September 17, 2012 10:19 pm

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  • Ramzkie

    August 19, 2012 10:57 pm

    Nice Light Paintings. Hope i can create mine too... Thanks a lot.

  • Roy Balcomb

    April 28, 2012 01:55 am

    I am going to try some experiments with this over the weekend. I am attending classes at the Museum of London ("London through a Lens" and our project this week is really helped by this illustrated article and all the photos. Thank you all

  • XenEffect

    March 3, 2012 08:01 am

    @ henry - you don't need led lights only .. you can use flash lights or even your celphone.. however LED lights do have a feel that can't be replicated with a flash light. ..

  • Henry

    February 4, 2012 02:08 am

    can i draw these with any lights, i know it's supposed to be with a specific camera but i really have to use LED drawing pens specifically?

  • LED light

    January 5, 2012 07:20 am

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  • Ben

    December 19, 2011 05:14 pm

    Wow some of those are really good and or creative! I've done a couple of these, but I didnt think my shots out well enough to have effects like this. But I did make a sweet little Stop motion video using light painting..

    http://www.youtu.be/9GBCbiF1RvI?hd=1

    I plan on making many more so feel free to subscribe!

  • Rob Bamford

    November 21, 2011 09:20 am

    Great thread, love the stick figures. Definitely going to try something like this.

  • Jared

    November 20, 2011 12:13 pm

    This is a great form of art. I enjoy the high contrast of the dark background with the lights...

  • Ahmed S2r

    June 26, 2011 07:38 pm

    Theese ideas are GOOD (Y)

    Well i've got my first try on light painting and i wanted your opinion

    https://secure.flickr.com/photos/ahmed_s2r/5870925376/

    file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Sakr's%20Family/My%20Documents/My%20Pictures/PHOTOGRAPHY/DSCN0832.jpg

    thanks ;)

  • SJCT

    June 4, 2011 07:59 am

    I've done a few of these and featured them on my blog (here:http://sjctphotography.blogspot.com/2011/04/slowwwww-shutter-speed-in-dark-pt-2.html and here: http://sjctphotography.blogspot.com/2011/04/slowwwww-shutter-speed-in-dark-pt-1.html). Nothing like the ones above though. Holy crap! Those are awesome!

  • Gabe

    May 25, 2011 07:08 am

    This is just done using a really long exposure / slow shutter speed?

  • andrew

    April 28, 2011 10:59 pm

    Check out this great new lightpainting animated music video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZohmoG981s

  • LightPaintingPhotography

    March 3, 2011 03:47 am

    Sorry guys the FACEBOOK link for LightPaintingPhotography.com is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Light-Painting-Photography/118536284878966

  • shishir

    January 23, 2011 06:02 am

    Tried this "Ghosts by the poolside" theme for light painting...hope you like it

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sathellite/5376800081/

  • Dallas Wedding Photographer Powell Pictures

    January 10, 2011 12:56 am

    I'm so inspired! Thank you!. I especially like the stick figure/see-saw!

  • Manny Giesteira

    November 26, 2010 01:31 am

    Probably a late post but I have to hand in an assignment at the club and these images were really so inspiring and stunning. Thank you!

  • Büyü

    September 3, 2010 08:06 pm

    Dug to the end, an interesting article that is, thank you : ) Subscribed to your RSS feed.

    Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/25-spectacular-light-painting-images#ixzz0ySYdNYiu

  • Shkola

    August 19, 2010 11:56 am

    Dug to the end, an interesting article that is, thank you : ) Subscribed to your RSS feed.

  • Jason Page

    February 20, 2010 03:01 pm

    Here are a few of my light paintings. LOOK here to view more JASONDPAGE.COM

    [eimg url='http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9745/deepspace4.jpg' title='deepspace4.jpg']

    [eimg url='http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/6683/inbloom1.jpg' title='inbloom1.jpg']

    [eimg url='http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8523/lighttrails4.jpg' title='lighttrails4.jpg']

  • Jason Page

    February 20, 2010 02:28 am

    Here a few of my light paintings..

  • DJaVuPixel

    February 10, 2010 05:58 pm

    Wow some of them are really good and great for inspiration! The photo from mikeleary83 is nice a kid alone playing with his imaginary friend or other possible interpretation :)

  • Konijn

    January 12, 2010 08:49 am

    Here's one:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/arabbit/4211660853/' title='Sam' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2517/4211660853_0ed8312e49.jpg']

  • Mark Tierney

    December 14, 2009 05:56 am

    Superb images, something I want to try soon!

  • Johannes Bernardo

    December 11, 2009 05:07 am

    What kind of light did you guys used in this photos? I want to make one also.( ^_^) Spectacular photos indeed!!!

  • nitin

    December 11, 2009 03:47 am

    dude occem work budy thanx 4 sharring

  • joey m. fradejas

    December 8, 2009 03:47 pm

    nice light painting images....by just looking at the images, you already think of how the photographers made the images....am sure different photographers could do it in a different way than the others...nice

  • maheen

    December 8, 2009 02:01 am

    amazing work!!!! thanx for sharing =)

  • Pigon

    December 5, 2009 11:26 pm

    Thanks Darren for sharing this great 25 inspirational images with us!

  • Jenn @CanvasPop

    December 5, 2009 04:05 am

    The things that you are able to do with light is amazing. Thanks for such a great collection.If you are ever interested in having your photos printed on canvas check out CanvasPop at www.canvaspop.com.

  • Salvacion (Saanva in the forum)

    December 4, 2009 12:33 pm

    Wow! These are really amazing!!! I have to learn to do this. Any tutorial?

  • BlindVision

    December 4, 2009 10:14 am

    Love working with light havent done enought with it but with these winter night i have plenty more time to create more. Check some of mine that i have done..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blindedvision/4012538738/
    and
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blindedvision/4009934804/

  • ernie

    December 4, 2009 10:00 am

    wow! amazing lighting shoots! tnx darwen for sharing

  • Glen

    December 4, 2009 09:17 am

    Everyone should give this ago.
    It is alot of fun. me and acouple of mates went out to take photos of car trails one evening after a few beers. we ended up at the park with acouple or torch's and spent the whole night drinking beer and coming up with crazy ideas for photos.
    I can assure you it is fun, even though passers by might think you are a little strange doing cartwheels with torches taped to your hands and feet at 3am. its well woth it i assure you.
    Ahh good times

  • Richard

    December 4, 2009 08:19 am

    The second image depicting violence is inappropriate, I think there is too much violence in the world without having to make it look attractive. Very poor selection.

  • Jay McIntyre

    December 4, 2009 08:07 am

    I've just begun to try my hand at light painting here's a link to a few on my blog http://bit.ly/4r2AIb

  • Marlene

    December 4, 2009 06:19 am

    Nice work. Can we get a "how-to" ???

  • Ashish

    December 4, 2009 06:10 am

    Oops, I didn't put the link.... <- Beginner alert! :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/plaid_hippo/4094940237/

    Ashish

  • Amanda Tatro

    December 4, 2009 06:09 am

    http://desotocameraclub.smugmug.com/Members/Amanda-Tatro/Welcome-to-the-light-show/8918564_dz9yp#730927331_oyLTB-A-LB

  • Ashish

    December 4, 2009 06:09 am

    Just trying out light painting on my camera too! Hope you like this one! :)

  • rick z

    December 4, 2009 05:54 am

    hmmm, yeah interesting. Not sure how but might try this myself ..

  • matthew king

    December 4, 2009 05:45 am

    amazing images, ive done some like these but not like this, really cool though

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/freerunner/2938380415/in/set-72157607993343868/

  • matthew king

    December 4, 2009 05:43 am

    these are amazing, ive done some like these before but not like this, heres 1 of mine.

    [eimg url='undefined' title='undefined'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/freerunner/2938380415/' title='super human (self portrait)' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/2938380415_63007c082f.jpg']

  • Anabelle

    December 4, 2009 05:28 am

    These are amazing, love them....

    It's an art of imagening everything before you see the results!

  • AshburnStar

    December 4, 2009 05:09 am

    Does anyone have any tips on where to get lights? I am only workin with small LEDs right now and i want to step it up....any advice?

    thanks!

    Lightpainting = LOVE

  • Igor

    December 4, 2009 02:41 am

    how can I do such photas!...I want to learn!!

  • vinny

    December 3, 2009 07:33 pm

    it's really imaginative

  • Stuart Nafey

    December 3, 2009 04:57 am

    Thanks, these are state of the art.

    And of course I would like to add my collection of Lori Stotko's drawings.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/unklstuart/sets/72157601507669278/

  • Swapnil Sahamate

    December 3, 2009 02:31 am

    http://picasaweb.google.com/swapnilsahamate/Photography?authkey=Gv1sRgCIqOv-D89f3fOQ#5406075759424717826

  • havok

    December 3, 2009 02:22 am

    forgot the link :p

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/senhor_havok/3469394265/

  • havok

    December 3, 2009 02:21 am

    here's my contribution, the cam was a simple point and shoot but the final result became cool. :D

  • Tom Paton

    December 2, 2009 09:20 pm

    Thanks for featuring my photo (sparkler angel wings). I'm glad you all liked it and I've added a couple of notes on how it was done to the description.

  • James

    December 2, 2009 08:38 pm

    Very Beautiful & excellent Photos.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Brentbat

    December 2, 2009 07:51 pm

    Hey thanks Darren for including a couple of my images in this list.

    For those that want to see how I do my lightpainting, head over to my blog, I have quite a few free video tutorials which give you a sense of both the capture and post production.

    Cheers
    Brent

  • Carol Lundeen

    December 2, 2009 12:51 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration, makes me want to dig out any old flashlight and have some fun.

  • Jake

    December 2, 2009 11:36 am

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3057/3057180491_7e3b23dfeb_b.jpg

  • Jake

    December 2, 2009 11:35 am

  • Duane Schoon

    December 2, 2009 10:39 am

    Thanks for using one of my pictures, the fire spider, You can find more of my pics and info on how I took them at
    www.flickr.com/photos/duaneschoon

  • Matthias

    December 2, 2009 08:02 am

    I also did a lightpainting with a friend ;)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthiashombauer/3689125807/

  • Adrienne Brand

    December 2, 2009 04:43 am

    Very cool! I'm going to run a workshop with my photo group so everyone can learn how to Light Paint. Thanks for the images! ~ Adrienne Brand, Founder & Organizer, Long Island Photography Meetup

  • Alan Nielsen

    December 2, 2009 04:09 am

    I love these lighting photos. What a great new art.

  • sajib

    December 2, 2009 03:19 am

    really liked the guitar ( the first one ) ... fabulous post !

  • Robbie Veldwijk

    December 2, 2009 02:40 am

    This is really awesome! Great colors and nice paintings!

  • Damien Franco

    December 2, 2009 02:28 am

    Great collection of images. I used to use this technique when shooting weddings and sparklers were being used to usher out the couple after the ceremony. It was always a hit with the couple.

  • ErikaJean

    December 2, 2009 12:59 am

    I LOVE light painting. here are some I've done. http://www.erikajean.com/search?q=light+writing

  • Stock Photos

    December 1, 2009 11:31 pm

    I really like the guitar! The lights make the instrument "sing".

  • Thomas

    December 1, 2009 10:20 pm

    please check that gallery, he's a french who is doing light painting for 30 years with a large format camera :
    http://www.michel-semeniako.com/gal_1.html

    he's work is just amazing, no digital, no photoshop just fiilm sheets and light.

  • Tory

    December 1, 2009 10:17 pm

    omg! that is just so cool! how do u do it?

  • Alex Suffolk Photographer

    December 1, 2009 09:42 pm

    some excellent images there - I remember when we did our painting with light module at photoschool, though we didn't produce anything like this.

    I especially like the anime lightning bolt and the umbrella one.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    December 1, 2009 01:30 pm

    So so so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rolling Stone

    December 1, 2009 01:29 pm

    These are all great! But I really love the precise light lines the best. Truly amazing!

  • Radityo Pradipto

    December 1, 2009 11:40 am

    Lovely executed shots! My favourites are the MacBook Pro shot and the chair ones...
    I agree that we should invite the photographers and share their technique here ^^

  • Nick

    December 1, 2009 09:07 am

    Really enjoyed looking through these images. Some great ideas here. Really like the stick figure sat in the swinging bench. Bet that took a few attempts. Thought I'd have a quick go at my own tonight. Here's an attempt of an outline using my girlfriend as the model, I drew round her using an LED torch.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nick92/4147895517/

    Let me know what you think. Hoping to attempt a few more complex light paintings in the future.

  • Julian Cash

    December 1, 2009 08:21 am

    Poke at http://EdibleLight.com for lots of light painting portraits that I've taken. Or look at my pro site: http://www.juliancash.com/edible.html

    Thanks for the great gallery of glowing images Darren!
    -julian

  • artwork rebel

    December 1, 2009 07:20 am

    Thank you for featuring my photo of Goku! It always comes back to this my photo, one of my first to practice with long exposure photography! By all means message me on flickr if you want help or advice more than happy t share!

    Many thanks!

  • Damien Lovegrove

    December 1, 2009 06:27 am

    I love these, thanks for sharing. I love the chair by Pedro Moura Pinheiro and Bur?Blu's moonlit work. Made my day.

  • Parag Pundlik

    December 1, 2009 05:46 am

    I agree with Larry and afaris...
    I have tried doing this so many times, but the results are ridiculous...

  • Andrew

    December 1, 2009 05:35 am

    I did a couple of posts on light painting in my blog. It's so much fun, super addicting. And when you pull off the shot, it's a definite great feeling of reward.

    http://naturesmugshots.blogspot.com

  • Danferno

    December 1, 2009 05:06 am

    Image by mikeleary83 is by far my favourite.

  • -S

    December 1, 2009 04:04 am

    @afaris: I have 3 photos featured above (thanks Darren), and I wrote a small blurb about how it was done in the corresponding photoset page. Time permitting, I'll write something longer, these are just pointers.

  • sioux city used cars

    December 1, 2009 03:16 am

    Those are some ingenious ideas. I like the umbrella one the best.

  • afaris

    December 1, 2009 01:42 am

    wow!amazing shots!i second larry,am eager to learn how those shots were made

  • Christoph

    December 1, 2009 01:39 am

    Amazing. There are also videos made with this technique, I once saw a video by a Japanese group but can't remember the name.

  • Fernando

    December 1, 2009 01:36 am

    Excelent shots..
    I have had my hand at a few lightpainting shots, and have always enjoy making them.

    http://fmatiasphotography.blogspot.com/search/label/Lightpainting

    I find that I have to try quite a few times untill I get exactly what I am looking for. Very much trial and error!
    Enjoy!

  • Ruben Tavares

    December 1, 2009 01:16 am

    Great photos :D

  • Larry Eiss

    December 1, 2009 01:07 am

    This is excellent! How about having some of the photographers tell us how they did it? I am ready to learn.

  • Alex De La Force

    December 1, 2009 12:52 am

    Awesome!
    My favs: Image by brentbat, Image by CowGummy & Image by BUR?BLUE.

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