My friend Sean Nelson and I spent many nights in high school experimenting with light art, long exposure times, and shadows. Illum was the result.
Light graffiti (also called light writing, light painting, and light art) is simply long exposure photography using lights to create effects into the photo that are not actually there in real life. Unlike traditional graffiti, light graffiti does not involve vandalism. To the outside observer it looks like we are just waving lights around with a camera nearby.
Our work got some notoriety, including being featured in a few small magazines and the New Internationalist 2010 planner, as well as being shown at the 2008 Nuit des musées at Le Compa, Conservatoire de l’agriculture in Chartres, France.
Here are is some of our work. None of these photos were Photoshop’d. These effects were created by carefully controlling the exposure time, aperture, and light in the photos.
The tools we used:
If you like our work and want to learn how it is done, purchase this article for $1 and you'll receive a PDF download of our guide!
This guide includes:
  • Getting Started / The Necessities
  • Getting Started / The Settings
  • Technique
  • The Optional Additions
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Where to Find Inspiration
 

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Wow, this is really cool - thank you!
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So, what if someone wanted to get you to do a light graffiti company logo... ;-)
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I really love this. It's beautiful.
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This is so awesome!
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