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Author: Dan Chick

Tutorial: Large Scale Stencils

There have been some pretty impressive light painting shots made with stencils.   Recently I had the opportunity to meet up with Gareth Nathan who has done some pretty amazing recent stencil work.  That same weekend finally burst my resistant steel wool bubble as I got a chance to try something a little different in a steel wool shot.  When I got back to Denver I decided that steel wool was enough fun that I wanted to do some more of it.  But as a portrait photographer who also likes to make light painting tools I wanted to put...

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LPWA PNW 2017 Meetup

Over the weekend of July 21-23, 2017 a group of light painters converged upon Mount St Helens, the site of the most destructive volcanic eruption in American human history, for a Light Painting World Alliance Meet-Up.  The vast majority of attendees were American, followed in count by Canadians from nearby British Columbia, many of whom had recently attended the LPWA BC Meetup.  Other countries represented were Lithuania, Ireland, and England! My only previous experience with meet-ups that I did not myself organize was the one in Rome earlier this year.  Rome brought together even more countries and a whole...

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Creating Light Painting Photographs using Photoshop

In this article I’m going to tell you all about the accepted way within the serious light painting community to create light paintings with Photoshop. In reality this could be a short article because I could probably sum it up in single word: “Don’t”.  It’s technically a contraction of two words, “do” and “not” and pointing this fact out could make a short article longer… but there’s a little more to it than that. What’s in a name, “Light Painting”? The reason this is even gets to become a bigger conversation is because people don’t all agree on what light...

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Create Something, Or Don’t.

Patrick’s article “Don’t bother with art, or do” this week is important.  Check that one out if you haven’t already.  He talks about various definitions of art and about various reasons that people create it.  I love the way he encourages people to just make what they want to make and to not worry about “OMG, is it actually art?”.  And yes, I totally based this article’s title on his. The question of art aside, I see a few reasons that people light paint.  Some set out to make a unique creation (okay, this is art).  Some people explore...

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Colorado Perseids Meteor Jam

“A flaming meteor (or meteors) in the sky. Dark zones in the mountains in Colorado. Light painters. Let’s make more light art with celestial objects at the 2nd annual Perseids Light Painting Jam!”   – This is the rallying cry for a unique event taking place August 10-13. Set in the mountains in Colorado, USA a collection of light painters will come together in amazing lighting conditions (and by that I mean that we have no light, away from the cities, and we’re in total darkness) to capture light painting shots with meteors in the sky.  If you want to...

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