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These Photos Were Made Using Only Photo-Realistic Light Painting

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What do you think of when you hear the words “light painting”? Colorful and squiggly lines over a dark background? An explosion of glowing sparks?

Did you know that you can also add photo-realistic images to your long-exposure photos by painting them in with light?

Every photo you see in this post is a single long-exposure photo that was created using a pixelstick, a special tool light-painters can use to draw predetermined images into a shot.

The tool is often used to paint colorful stripes of light, but you can also give it a photograph and add that to your scene by waving the stick across the shot over the course of an exposure (the photo above is a light painting of a movie still frame). Here are some examples…

If you find a basketball hoop out in the open, you can paint Michael Jordan dunking on it:

Photo by Kiu Photography
Photo by Kiu Photography

Hungry? You can have floating food in your frame.

Photo by Rick Drew Photography
Photo by Rick Drew Photography

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Have the Millennium Falcon touch down right outside your home.

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You can add realistic fire to a scene without worrying about getting burned (or arson charges):

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Add photo-realistic monsters, people, and things.

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Photo by Rick Drew
Photo by Rick Drew

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Photo by Robbert Djikstra.
Photo by Robbert Djikstra.
Photo by VersionTwo photography
Photo by VersionTwo photography

In addition to the $349 pixelstick, this type of light painting project also requires a good bitmap file and a steady hand as you wave the stick around in the shot.

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