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A Very Different Kind of Light Painting Photography

By fotosiamo on May 1st 2012

Google Light painting photography and you can be treated to some very cool set of photographs.

Typically, it’s done with a very slow shutter speed (15-30 seconds) and a constant small source of light like LED lights that you use to hand draw in the environment. You can also do a light orb by attaching the LED light to a string and spinning it around you. It is a pretty organic and cool process, actually, and I suggest that you try it if you haven’t done so. The results can be very mesmerizing.

Now, what I haven’t seen before is to use a rotating telescope mount and a power drill like Hugo Baptista does in his light painting photographs.

Light Painting by Hugo Baptista
Light Painting by Hugo Baptista

DIY Photography had a chance to find out from Hugo himself on how he came up with the idea and technique on how to do this very precise-looking light painting. The Meade telescope mount can be programmed to rotate while your camera’s shutter is opened. The homemade strip of wood with LEDs or laser pointer attached to a power drill, however, is the real star of the show. The light is has a wireless switch so Hugo can turn the lights on and off, and the drill’s trigger is controlled by an adjustable metal bracket.

Light Painting by Hugo Baptista

Be sure to read the rest of how Hugo create his Light Painting Orb with a Telescope Mount and Drill!

Stay creative!

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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

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  1. Ed Rhodes


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  2. Hugo Baptista

    Thanks Joe!

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