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Pablo Picasso: Light Painting

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One of the more popular types of special effect photography that we’ve seen readers of dPS engaging in over the last few years is that of ‘Light Painting’.

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However while it might seem like a new trend – artists and photographers have been doing it for years. Even the great Pablo Picasso was a Light Painter. Check out this amazing series of photos from Life which includes shots of Pablo engaging in a little Light Painting!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://www.kerstenbeck.com Erik Kerstenbeck

    Hi

    Light painting is just fun – it really does not take more than a bit of exposure control and a tripod, camera set to several if not tens of seconds! Try lasers or any point source…naturally I went overboard!

    This light painting effect was accomplished with burning steel wool – you can get it at any Hardware Store. Here it was packed into an Egg Beater which I attached to my trusty Dog’s leash. Then I spun the heck out of it after setting it on fire. One needs to feed a lot of O2 to sustain the burn.

    Please be careful where you would do this…we had fire extinquishers on hand so as not to set our house on fire….the embers are hot!

    Cheers, Erik

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/the-ring-of-fire/

  • http://www.bycostello.com/Mordon_Park_House_Registry_Office.html bycostello

    amazing work.. amazing guy…

  • http://www.carolyncphotography.com Carolyn

    Erik, I’ve seen that. Can’t remember who from though. Wanted to incorporate a shot like that into my Project 365, but with only 9 days left I need to hurry. Nice shot, BTW.

    My P365

  • http://www.squidoo.com/a495 Jim

    Erick,
    I think that is a truly amazing photograph. I am a beginning photographer and hope that some day that I will have the eye and skill to take photos like that.

  • Colleen

    I’m a photography beginner, and had a light painting assignment in a class I took. Here is my effort. It is so much fun!
    [eimg url='undefined' title='undefined'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/68340782@N08/6283349378/' title='014-1' url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6103/6283349378_db365c0274.jpg']

  • parth

    hey dude.i just want learn how to shoot this types of photo?i have cannon E 1100D

  • http://thomasmarlonvillegasbriones.com Marlon Briones
  • http://evantardy.com TARDY

    sweet!

  • E.W.

    I must say the ‘light’ painting by Picasso is his best work! I hate Picasso. I suppose it’s ‘abstracts’ I hate.

    Love the light painting though… just makes ya say …. oooooooooooooo, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  • insh

    Nice one does this work on nikon d300?

  • erin w

    my husband and i played around with light painting. very amateur photos since i had just discovered how to do it, however, very fun!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40460916@N03/sets/72157628246670635/

  • Sanks

    Could somebody please explain how to keep the person in the light painting photo not blurred ? Thanks

  • Tony A.

    It’s easy! First do the ‘light painting’ part in dark unlit area. Then step in fast, pose and flip lighting on for a second. Of course, you have to set up the shot by trying different settings for the ‘pose’ part.

  • Tony A.

    Correction–
    Take the posed shot first then with lights off do the light painting part. This is with a ‘ bulb’ or long exp setting on camera.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/52932900@N05/6071951877/in/photostream/lightbox/ Samraz

    Shooting…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/52932900@N05/6071951877/in/photostream/lightbox/ Samraz
  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk PaulB

    Nice photo by colleen, something I’ve yet to try myself! Maybe in 2012? lol

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    You can certainly see your skills within the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.

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  • email marketing for beginners

    October 26, 2012 02:22 pm

    You can certainly see your skills within the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  • PaulB

    January 15, 2012 02:07 am

    Nice photo by colleen, something I've yet to try myself! Maybe in 2012? lol

  • Samraz

    December 11, 2011 09:33 pm

    shooting...http://www.flickr.com/photos/52932900@N05/5938143633/in/photostream/

  • Samraz

    December 11, 2011 09:33 pm

    Shooting...

  • Tony A.

    December 10, 2011 06:31 am

    Correction--
    Take the posed shot first then with lights off do the light painting part. This is with a ' bulb' or long exp setting on camera.

  • Tony A.

    December 10, 2011 06:26 am

    It's easy! First do the 'light painting' part in dark unlit area. Then step in fast, pose and flip lighting on for a second. Of course, you have to set up the shot by trying different settings for the 'pose' part.

  • Sanks

    December 5, 2011 01:06 am

    Could somebody please explain how to keep the person in the light painting photo not blurred ? Thanks

  • erin w

    December 3, 2011 01:01 am

    my husband and i played around with light painting. very amateur photos since i had just discovered how to do it, however, very fun!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40460916@N03/sets/72157628246670635/

  • insh

    December 2, 2011 04:56 pm

    Nice one does this work on nikon d300?

  • E.W.

    December 2, 2011 04:26 am

    I must say the 'light' painting by Picasso is his best work! I hate Picasso. I suppose it's 'abstracts' I hate.

    Love the light painting though... just makes ya say .... oooooooooooooo, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  • TARDY

    December 1, 2011 03:14 am

    sweet!

  • Marlon Briones

    November 30, 2011 05:11 pm

    done this with kids...
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/25786_1418395787273_1454003611_1126204_4434255_n.jpg

  • parth

    November 30, 2011 04:32 pm

    hey dude.i just want learn how to shoot this types of photo?i have cannon E 1100D

  • Colleen

    November 30, 2011 11:58 am

    I'm a photography beginner, and had a light painting assignment in a class I took. Here is my effort. It is so much fun!
    [eimg url='undefined' title='undefined'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/68340782@N08/6283349378/' title='014-1' url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6103/6283349378_db365c0274.jpg']

  • Jim

    November 30, 2011 05:54 am

    Erick,
    I think that is a truly amazing photograph. I am a beginning photographer and hope that some day that I will have the eye and skill to take photos like that.

  • Carolyn

    November 30, 2011 03:26 am

    Erik, I've seen that. Can't remember who from though. Wanted to incorporate a shot like that into my Project 365, but with only 9 days left I need to hurry. Nice shot, BTW.

    My P365

  • bycostello

    November 29, 2011 09:26 pm

    amazing work.. amazing guy...

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    November 29, 2011 02:04 pm

    Hi

    Light painting is just fun - it really does not take more than a bit of exposure control and a tripod, camera set to several if not tens of seconds! Try lasers or any point source...naturally I went overboard!

    This light painting effect was accomplished with burning steel wool - you can get it at any Hardware Store. Here it was packed into an Egg Beater which I attached to my trusty Dog's leash. Then I spun the heck out of it after setting it on fire. One needs to feed a lot of O2 to sustain the burn.

    Please be careful where you would do this...we had fire extinquishers on hand so as not to set our house on fire....the embers are hot!

    Cheers, Erik

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/the-ring-of-fire/

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