Introduction to Light Painting

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In this course, master light-painter Darren Pearson will help you learn the basics of light painting and long exposure photography. You will finish this course with a strong understanding of many aspects of low and no light photography, including achieving focus in the dark, surface painting, illustrating with light, designing a photo, and more! You'll also get an introduction to a variety of light painting styles.

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Introduction

00:52

1.Getting Started
4 lessons, 11:45

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1.1
Introduction
00:52

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1.2
Necessities
02:48

1.3
Finding a Spot
04:49

1.4
Brainstorming Ideas
03:16

2.Getting Focused
3 lessons, 11:12

2.1
Auto Focus in the Dark
04:39

2.2
Manual Focus in the Dark
03:08

2.3
Frame Composition and Test Exposures
03:25

3.Camera Settings
2 lessons, 10:52

3.1
Assessing Ambient Light
06:34

3.2
Bulb Mode vs. Manual Mode
04:18

4.Light Painting
6 lessons, 32:06

4.1
History and Techniques
09:01

4.2
Drawing Simple Shapes
03:44

4.3
Spatial Templates
04:11

4.4
Tools and Results
04:04

4.5
El Wire, Gels, Orbs, and More
05:52

4.6
Light Writing
05:14

5.Putting It All Together
3 lessons, 22:49

5.1
Light Painting on Location
12:01

5.2
Post-Processing
06:59

5.3
Conclusion
03:49


Darren Pearson is a resident of Los Angeles, where he works as an illustrator by day. By night, he explores the varying landscapes of California in search of the perfect scene for one of his life-sized light-sculptures. These light-sculptures are created through long exposure photography (the same technique commonly used to write a name with a sparkler or capture car trails at night). Pearson makes complex light-effect photographs, none of which are photoshopped.
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