The Bloom Collective | Light Graffiti – Light Trails I

As fun, challenging, and creative light painting can be, I really tried to approach this project with as much intention as possible. One of my goals as an artist, is to try to create a body of work that means something to me, so in turn, I kind of have to work backwards. What’s the message I want to get across, what feelings do I want this image to bring forth (in myself and the viewer), or the story I want to tell. I like to think of this part of the process as being the director. Simply put, *what is the feeling, then how can I make that happen*.

Now. To add light painting into this approach, talk about a challenge! Light painting requires a well thought out technical process (left brain), combined with the creative intentional process (right brain), which makes for a great opportunity to push yourself in new ways.

I did give light painting a try a few years ago, however that time I experimented with it outdoors. To be honest, I found that a little easier. Perhaps because I wasn’t confined to a smaller space with the background as close to the subject (and the light source). This image was taken indoors with a strobe to the camera left, the subject sitting on a stool, camera on a tripod, and glow sticks from the dollar store. Really a rather simple set up.

I hope the images in this collection inspire you to practice light painting. Even if you don’t use it in your body of work, it is an excellent way to challenge yourself. And who isn’t up for learning something new!
-Leigha Graf

Leigha Graf Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, 24mm, 1/10, f22, ISO 100

Melissa Summers | Nikon D750, 35mm Sigma ART, 1/6, f13, ISO 200

Sabrina Koogler | Canon 5D Mark III, 24mm f1.4L, 1/5, f5.6, ISO 100 (used a flashlight with hot pink tissue paper)

Robin Ward | Nikon D750, 35mm, 1/15, f8.0, ISO 100

Laurie Schultz Photography | Canon EOS 6D, 50mm 1.4, 1/30, f13, ISO 100

Evelyne Lourenco | Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART, 1/5, f2.2, ISO 100

Karen Vlasak Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 35mm, 1/2.5, f6.3, ISO 125

Kari Dew | Canon 6D, Canon 35mm 1.4, 1/15, f8.0, ISO 100

Heather Eijzenga of Little Bird Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, 24mm, 1/30, f7.1, ISO 100

Tricia Bovey | Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, 1/2.5, f8.0, ISO 100

Angela Douglas Photography | Canon 5d Mark III, Sigma 24mm ART, 1/30, f3.5, ISO 125 (double exposure in camera)

Naomi Britton | Canon 50D, Canon EF 35mm 1.4L, 1/6, f3.5, ISO 200

Lisa Howeler | Nikon D750, 50mm 1.4, 1/3, f9.0, ISO 100