Painting with light

A few years ago I learned a technique called painting with light. These are some of my attempts at this style of photography, looking back at these images I’m not sure why I haven’t explored it more.

This image was created with a variety pack of mini glow sticks a sparkler and a laser pointer.


This one was created with a Ryobi flashlight and a snoot. A snoot is a piece of heavy paper rolled into a cone and attached to said flashlight. In a nutshell it allows you to narrow your beam of light, kinda like using a thin paintbrush.

An LED flashlight.


One of my first with a laser pointer.


Another made with a flashlight, oh and the moon.


Sunlight through a bottle of olive oil and piece of purple glass.


Some might argue the following images aren’t examples of painting with light. I would disagree, I just slowed down my shutter speed and let the light paint itself.

The skytrain being the skytrain.


Georgia Street Vancouver


There are many great examples of this technique online, check out Patrick Koslo’s work for starts. Patrick was my instructor at Langara College’s photography program.


2 Responses to “Painting with light”

  1. dawnegourley Says:


  2. Julie Says:

    Wow Jay! Love these. You are amazing.

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