Assignment 3:

                                           - C: Light Painting -

I was always very curious about photos with light “painted” in them, therefore I decided for the third part of this assignment to experiment and learn a little bit more about painting with light. 

So. Light painting is the photographic technique in which exposures are made either by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. I decided to try the first one. I turned off all the lights in my room and then used a lighter, to create different shapes of light and put my camera on self-timer to capture them. After a looot of practice I finally understood how to use the light “correctly”, according to what I was aiming to capture, in order to achieve what I wanted.  I then thought about the fact that Valentine’s Day is near, so I thought of maybe creating heart shapes with my ”paint” and then edit them in photoshop with different colour effects. 

Here’s what I got!


Darren Pearson (LA), also known as Darius Twin, is a renowned photographer who has been working on light painting photography since 2008. His inspiration to work with light painting effects began when he saw Gjon Mili’s image that represented Picasso creating a light drawing called ”Picasso Draws A Centar”. The influence of Picasso drawing light can be found/seen in Pearson’s work as many of his light painting images are created using a similar light painting technique.

Darren Pearson states that one of the most challenging parts of creating light drawings is to find a good spot without ambient light or sketchy night-people. The word “Photoshop” has been said many times about his work but surprisingly enough, Darren isn’t sick of explaining it yet. Pearson makes complex light-effect photographs, none of which are photoshopped. He pioneered the light painting effect/technique of spinning a glass prism in front of the camera while shinning light into the lens to create rainbow circles.

My favourite drawings from his work are the dinosaur fossil drawings. There is so much detail in them and it makes you wonder how much time and hard work has been undertaken to achieve creating those fantastic light “sketches”. 

“Years ago, I was lucky to get the illustrated bones to line up correctly, and often times it took me 30 or more tries in a night just to get one light painting! Now they come with ease and are even starting to have a little personality.”

The tools he uses are mostly a tripod, his camera, a remote to release the shutter of the camera, and a LED light (something easy, cheap and simple to find).  Darren in motion does not show up in dark environments because light is not pointed toward themselves.  

Here I found a simple tutorial of Darren, showing how he captures a simple smiley-face light drawing.