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Patrick’s 8H LP Workshop

Patrick’s 8H LP Workshop

Here below you have 8 hours of video workshop. Learn how to create beautiful works of art straight out of your camera with this inspiring Light Painting workshop taught by Professional Light Painter, Patrick Rochon. Lot’s or portraits, tips & tricks working with all kind of tools.

A gift from Liteblades, Patrick, and the Learnster Team who had to close shop, unfortunately, but 1000x thank you to the production team for this gift.

DESCRIPTION: In 2013, Montreal-based light painter, Patrick Rochon, stopped by the Learnster Studio in Ontario Canada, to teach a two-day workshop on light painting. Although he has spent the past 20 years mastering the art of painting with the light he truly believes that anyone with access to the right tools and some imagination can become an artist in their own right. During this workshop, Patrick demonstrates a huge variety and lights and tools that he has collected over the years and how to modify them to get the effect you are looking for. He also teaches us the importance of movement, from the fluidity to the speed, and how to adjust your own movement to create completely different effects. For him, it is all about letting go and learning to trust yourself and to go with the flow and feel the energy in order to create beautiful organic images, in the moment, straight out of the camera.


Start here.

01 – INTRO

In the first segment, Patrick takes time to introduce himself and show some amazing examples from his personal portfolio to inspire us. He also talks about how he got into light painting and shares some of his experiences living and working around the world.

02 – TOOLS

During this segment, Patrick talks about the basic techniques and camera settings required for capturing your work. He also shares with us a large selection of lights he uses and how he modifies and adjusts them to create stunning and unique textures and effects ranging from fire to water.


In this segment, Patrick explains how to set up your studio, how dark it needs to be, and most importantly – how to work effectively and efficiently in the dark. He shares his tips and tricks for placement of tools, how to use red lights as markers, and how to tape out your working area so you know when you are in and out of the frame.

04 – DEMO

This segment is a live demonstration in the dark of all the different tools/light that he brought with him. He also shows us how he moves with the lights and how to create interesting patterns using movement, speed, and space.

05 – JAM

Patrick truly believes that anyone can light paint, all you need are some lights, a camera with a manual setting, a long exposure, and a dark space and away you go. He proved this by selecting a couple of members of our crew for a live impromptu demonstration and the results are pretty impressive considering they have never done anything like this before.


During the first segment of day two, Patrick takes some time to share some online resources. He also shares some examples of portraits that he has done and talks about how he gets prepared to shoot a portrait. He also reviews some of the basics including the camera settings from the previous day.

07 – BASIC

For this segment, Patrick explains how he prepares the model for working in the dark. He also explains eye sensitivity and how to deal with models that have sensitive eyes. He then teaches how to light the models face first using different styles of light and why it is important that this step is done first and only once.


Building upon the information in the previous segment, Patrick now moves into the more creative background lighting effects. He demonstrates different lights and how to create mood and texture in the space around the model. The end results are absolutely stunning, all of the images you see are straight out of the camera without any photoshop or alterations.


During the final segment with a live model, Patrick continues to build and teach additional lighting techniques that he used when shooting portraits. He focuses mainly on soft airbrush-like lighting on the model’s face then continues to add drama in the background with more effects and lights.

10 – POST

Patrick goes to great lengths to get remarkable images straight out of the camera but understands that sometimes some post-production might be required. During this segment, he takes one of the images from the workshop and demonstrates some of his favorite post-production tools and tricks.

11 – Q&A

At the end of the workshop, Patrick sat down with Rob Lawrence of Learnster to reflect on his time here and to answer some questions from the audience.


About The Author

Patrick Rochon

Painting with actual light has been a fascination for two and a half decades now. Having explored many techniques, created many different light tools and light painted thousand of pieces, I’ve come to a place of finding beauty in simplicity, opening a world of small details within a line that contains it all. To me, that is where fine art begins. Patrick is an award-winning Light Painting photographer with over 24 years of experience. First prize winner of the Nikon photo contest in Japan, Patrick has done light painting photography for various fashion, rock magazines, CD jackets, DVD covers, posters, and international ad campaigns. Clients also include Toyota and Honda. Born in Montreal, Canada, Patrick has lived mainly in Tokyo, New York and Paris for 15 years.

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