Painting the skies with light
Using light to make photo art
MOST people would associate painting with acrylics and brushes, but for Gail Paulsen and Teresa Thornton it’s all about lights and cameras.
Light painting is the technique of using long exposures while moving around a light source. The pair use equipment including an LED hula hoop, a whip, flutes, light panels and all sorts of home-made lights. The pair are putting on a workshop to teach others how to create light paintings.
“When you love something you want to share it,” Mrs Paulsen said.
“No two pictures are ever the same,” Mrs Thornton added.
“You could have four photographers there doing the same thing in front of the camera but each photo will be different.”
The pair started doing light painting around June last year using just Christmas lights.
Mrs Paulsen originally found light painting through a YouTube video. She started with just a single light before expanding her range.
“It’s different – I’m a photographer so I like different things instead of the same old stuff.”
“We experiment a lot with light,” Mrs Thornton said.
“You’ll think ‘oh wow this will be great with this light’ it’s what you do with the light.
“Once you start moving it, it changes it.”
The pair are having a free demonstration at Tenterfield to show people how light paintings are created and show people what it’s about.
Participants do require their own camera however any standard camera can be used.
Even smart phones with apps which change shutter speeds can be used to take light paintings.
Tripods are not necessary but are highly recommended.
Both women said the workshop was mostly about having fun.
The free demonstration is February 17 in Tenterfield with workshop in February 24.
Entry is $35 per person. Any photographer is welcome to come along to the workshop.
LIT UP: An example of light painting photography