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Light painting, or light graffiti as it is sometimes referred to, is a new frontier in creative photography. This is a growing trend on Flickr and other photo sharing sites. Often using extreme values for shutter speed (including keeping the shutter open indefinitely), light emitting objects become the paint brushes on a photographer’s canvas.

Photographers utilize their knowledge of the different colors produced by various lights, and how they interplay with white balance settings. Light paint brushes can be as simple as a flash light, laser pen, old lantern, or even off-camera flash combined with colored gels. Literally anything which emits light can be used as a paint brush.

In this photography inspiration article, I present the most mind-blowing examples of light painting that I have found in the last year. As you will see, the only limit to this art form is your own imagination. All of these were hand picked for your viewing pleasure!

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Bugatti Veyron by Mark Brown

No One Will Believe You by Dennis Calvert


Torchlight Parade

Lisa by Wes Whaley

Fireboy by David Schlaich

Light Painting Bike by Sssampo

Antiparticle by tcb

Skateboarder by Andy Hemingway

Kundalini Bonfire by Dennis Calvert

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Posted by Daniel Padavona

Daniel Padavona is the founder of dpStockPhotos. Daniel is a photographer for several major stock agencies, and is an advocate for fair pay for artists. He lives in New York state with his wife and two children.


  1. Nice graphic works, thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the pics,love the Fireboy.
    Here is my humble one :

  3. Why is Darcy Prendergast and the Oh Yeah Wow crew not at the top of this list??

    Most amazing light painting I’ve ever seen in my life- and its animated! We did an interview with him :)

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