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Light Painting Brushes Looks to Make Lightpainting Easier Than Ever!

By Anthony Thurston on October 11th 2014

Light Painting, like macro photography, can be a fun way to enjoy photography without having to conform to the needs of a client (unless of course you have been hired to shoot macro or light painting). Well, you can now let your creative juices flow easier than ever with the help of Light Painting Brushes.

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Using the Light Painting Brushes Universal Connector, you can take almost any flashlight and turn it into a light painting device capable of using different “brushes” for some really cool effects. You see, it’s all part of a system that allows you to access a vast array of light painting brushes produced by the team at LPB, or make your own using standard water or soda bottles.

The video below explains how the Universal Connector, sold for $20, makes lightpainting a breeze.

Now sure, could this be done with some duct tape and a little work, but for $20, it’s not as if the Universal Connector is expensive. The ability to use it to turn any standard water bottle or soda bottle into a light painting brush is pretty cool. The ability to “upgrade” and use some of their professionally made “brushes” along with virtually any flashlight is a great convenience.

I have never really done any light painting myself, but I may just pick one of these up and give it a shot. It looks like it could be a fun way to enjoy photography on my free time.

If you are interested, and would like to learn more, you can find out all the details about Light Painting Brushes over on LightPaintingBrushes.com.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  2. Jeff McCrum

    I like the idea but fear that all of the accessories start to add up quickly….

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  3. Philip Goetz

    Very cool. Spent tons of time trying to get photos around Christmas trees and such over the years but this really raises the bar…

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  4. Stan Rogers

    Well, not easier than ever. What would be easier than ever would be a battery-plus-radio-remote version of the Hosemaster (later, the Brocolor Brush). LEDs these days mean that you don’t need the xenon arc tube, along with its housing, fibre optic cables and plug-in power supply. Products like this one (and the lights you can use them with) handle the “brush” end just fine.

    What’s missing is the shutter — that could be a simple barn-door affair that fits in front of the lens and doesn’t need to be too very fast at all. Think of it as an electric version of the hat trick people still use when shooting fireworks. It would be easy enough to adapt the guts of a low-priced radio flash trigger set to connect the two (it was wired into the fibre optic cable on the Hosemaster). Anyone feeling entrepreneurial enough to get on with that? (I’m old, risk-averse, and had plenty of playtime with a Hosemaster in the Olde Tymes, so I feel no need. But you could probably Kickstart the H-E-double hockey sticks out of something like that these days.)

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Fair enough Stan :)

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    • Daniel Thullen

      Stan, Anthony device sounds easier. (LOL) Some of us are not necessarily risk averse, but we’re not so technology inclined beyond fully functional equipment with well written owner’s manuals. Chuck is right, most of us will purchase something like this, use it a few times, then put it somewhere to collect dust.

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    • Stan Rogers

      Daniel, the problem with light painting is that you have to spend a lot of time stumbling around in the dark, moving from place to place, so that you don’t contaminate the exposure between “brush strokes”. It’s largely this sort of impracticality that makes light painting (whether with continuous lights or multiple flash pops) a “tried it, had fun, don’t do it anymore” kind of thing. The shutter device means that you can continue to use a light (whatever that light may be — the actual light you’re using to paint, or just a flashlight you use to move around between flash pops) while you move around. And I’m not suggesting that hobbyists should home-build the thing themselves, I’m saying that there are already a LOT of ways to do the lighting, it’s a remote shutter that has a waiting market.

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  5. Chuck Eggen

    Why not. I’m sure I can find some space behind the dozen other things I’ve purchased and are collecting dust.

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