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Selfie from my photo shoot after replacing the rear tire the day before yesterday. This thread is for the "Light Painting" technique which I plan to be doing in the near future, and my attempts to motorcycle photography. Disclaimer: this image is not painted with light.
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What is Painting with Light?
The term 'painting with light' or 'light painting' describes a range of techniques used to light a subject during a long exposures and is an excellent lighting technique for car and motorcycle photography. Painting with light doesn't describe any specific look or even equipment, it's just a technique.

The basic concept of painting with light is that you photograph a subject in a dark environment and you apply light to various parts of the subject as if you where applying it with a paint brush, hence the term 'Painting with Light'. It's often done in a single exposure long enough to be able to gradually light the entire subject however it's also common to shoot a series of exposures lighting various parts of the subject which are later combined into a single image. ~ Author/Copyright: John Jovic.



Photo editing programs used in this image: Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photomatix Pro HDR and Topaz Adjust.
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Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:39 am
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This is my first attempt at light painting, my first ever light painting motorcycle photo. Not perfect, but I think it is a start. ( to see bigger sized image CLICK HERE... )

For weeks I've been trying to figure out what kind of light painting tool to use. The other day I watched a youtube video from a guy light painting his car with this Neewer C-160 Led Video Light($29.99) using a Diffuser Mini Softbox.($10.59)

I ordered the light and mini softbox from Amazon, and it arrived this week. It's been cold and rainy all week but this past Thursday night I was able to finally test the new Led light at least once.

Using a 30 second long exposure, I was able to "paint with light" my Kawasaki Ninja ZX14 taking just one picture. I had plenty of time to walk around the bike, there was no need to combine images or merge different layers in Photoshop afterwards. Like I said, the picture is not perfect, but with enough practice the pictures should look much better.

Last night I went out to try out at THIS LOCATION. The Camden Waterfront facing the Philadelphia skyline offers one of the best Philly night skyline views in my area. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, after taking a shot of the city skyline, I had to leave the area pronto. ALL EXPLAINED HERE. Stay tuned!
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Really impressive looking black photo painting of the 14.

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Will_ZX14R wrote:
Really impressive looking black photo painting of the 14.


Thanks. Hopefully someday soon I could do the same using this night skyline background.
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Hey Kofla...man you really have some serious photography skills. :big thumb: Just reviewed some of your work.

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Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:39 pm
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Will_ZX14R wrote:
Hey Kofla...man you really have some serious photography skills. :big thumb: Just reviewed some of your work.


Thanks, just a beginner still learning the process..
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This image is not painted in light, but it was taken the same day as my top selfie. Both images are edited using an Adobe Photoshop Elements plugin called “Topaz Adjust” to help the images to stand out. Topaz Adjust helps bring the image to life with dramatic contrast, in addition to enhancing details and colors.
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Last night I went back with a friend to the same spot, and was able to finally try painting with light without any interruptions. The first image is untouched, no software editing, no light painting.
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Photo editing programs used in this image: Adobe Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Topaz Adjust. Tools used are this Neewer C-160 Led Video Light, and the Diffuser Mini Softbox.. Click on (THIS LINK....) to view a larger image, and check out my Flickr channel.
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Taken from the Camden waterfront (In the shadow of the Ben Franklin bridge) looking back at Philly. Beautiful. LSL


Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:48 am
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LandspeedLarry wrote:
Taken from the Camden waterfront (In the shadow of the Ben Franklin bridge) looking back at Philly. Beautiful. LSL



Thanks LSL! You are correct, this is also the best view of the city skyline at night! :thumbs:
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I no longer have samples but, get that bike in your garage, hang a black sheet on the wall behind it, put another on the floor under it, turn out the lights and open that shutter. Now take out you single LED light and shine away at some interesting part.
Oh and your photography looks great, but I never could take to the digital corrections/enhancements, still love the old days of film.


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OzzyMax wrote:
I no longer have samples but, get that bike in your garage, hang a black sheet on the wall behind it, put another on the floor under it, turn out the lights and open that shutter. Now take out you single LED light and shine away at some interesting part.
Oh and your photography looks great, but I never could take to the digital corrections/enhancements, still love the old days of film.


Thanks Ozzy! Light painting photography is a fun and easy way to capture cool, impressive images! :thumbs:

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These photos are amazing cant wait to see more ..


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Nice Kofla

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