Long exposures with LED creates stunning photos

Light painting by Stephen Orlando

Canadian photographer Stephen Orlando has mastered the use of programmable LED light sticks that he attaches to kayak paddles, people, racquets, and more. The result? The story of movement.

According to an article at BoredPanda.com, “I’m an avid outdoor enthusiast and photographer. I also have an engineering background. These three things culminated in the production of these photos.”

Motion Exposure: Adam van Koeverden &emdash; Toronto - Av Olympic Motion

In this example of a kayaker on the water Stephen worked with four-time Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden. Stephen attached color changing LED lights to the paddles and then took a series of long exposures. That means that the shutter is open on the camera for, say, 10 to 30 seconds, allowing time for the kayak to move through the water.

Motion Exposure: Adam van Koeverden &emdash; Toronto - Av Red and White Kayak

Since the lights are on the paddles, and the kayaker is dark, the lights show in the shots:

Motion Exposure: Adam van Koeverden &emdash;

Stephen has also photographed light traversing down a waterfall:

Motion Exposure: Waterfall &emdash;


Motion Exposure: Cross-Country Skiing &emdash;

And hockey:

Motion Exposure: Hockey &emdash;

How do you do light painting?

Here’s a quick little video to show what to do, and you’ll need a DSLR, a tripod, and a light source, such as some string lights.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/CFlgMdiZHhc

Jason Rinehart is another photographer who does a lot of light painting.

Here’s what Jason recommends, and he includes some samples of the different gear that’s available as well:

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I73pp-6XRMY

Now it’s up to you! Go out there, take some great images, and make your photos go viral!

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