Paint­ing the skies with light

Us­ing light to make photo art

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE | WHAT’S ON -

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.

PHOTO: GAIL PAULSEN

LIT UP: An ex­am­ple of light paint­ing pho­tog­ra­phy

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