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Inspiration in Light Art: Photos, Videos, and Guides

As designers we are always looking for inspiration. Sometimes it is hard to find a source of inspiration outside of the internet and in the real world. Today I’ve brought to you a form of inspiration I love, light art.

Light art is defined by Wikipedia as a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a light source or by moving the camera.

Photo Inspiration

light art

alien art


waterloo bridge

tripy light

light graff

through the light

Waves and lights

night lights

Lots of lights

Light Painting

Battle of the Wizards


Action shot


spilt light



light history

light art

light on fire

light through my eyes

light it up

light from mouth

On the beach


The Mr Light Saga

lights 150

light moose


light wow

candle light

blue and red

Piano Light

light trace

sparkler and glow sticks

Flashlight fight

white house

light art


Exploding Harbour

Painting With Light 2

girl light art

light sticks

palm tree light

buz light

Modern art in old town. 1

dragon ball z light


big light art


street art

Video Inspiration

Mount Hood, Highway 35 Time Lapse from blaine franger on Vimeo.

Stars and Planes from Sam Javanrouh on Vimeo.

Friday Night Lights from edvard brun on Vimeo.

Sprint “Light Trail” Dir. Snorri Brothers from Keith on Vimeo.

Light Animation from jyoti on Vimeo.

Light Ripple from Jason Eppink on Vimeo.


So you want to learn how to produce some awesome Light Art of your own? Here are a few tutorials:

Learn Light Painting

Learning Light Painting from Abduzeedo

Christopher Hibbert discusses details ranging from basic information to the tools, camera settings, light, and technique. This post is a great resource!

Playing With Light

Painting with Light

DIYPhotography outlines the camera, tripod, location, and what kind of light you will need to capture light art. The post goes into detail about different ways to capture light art and different areas you can experiment with.

Drawing In The Dark

Drawing in the Dark Photography Tutorial

This post gives you hints as to what ISO and shutter speed to use. The author also gives a few examples that he took as he learned the best way to tackle this method.

Your turn!

That’s a wrap. Now it’s your turn to go out and create your own light art. I hope you enjoyed the inspiration and if you have any of your own photos you’d like to share be sure to post them in the comments below!


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    Knutselen Kerst (1 Point) December 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Great!

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    Wow … really cool vids. Ligh painting is awsome! Thanks for sharing

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    Anila Arshad (2 Points) November 13, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Wow its so beautiful and amazing collection and videos is awesome……mind-blowing artworks…

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    Strafe Creative – Graphic design (1 Point) May 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Loving the one with the light bulb as the main focus. Really clever. Cheers for the inspiration guys

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    Web Design (1 Point) April 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you for this post :)

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    Attitude Design | Graphic Design Portfolio (1 Point) March 29, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for this post – some really creative photos. Clever!

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    Christian Vermeulen (1 Point) March 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Check out these guys at!!
    I saw them live and I must say, it’s taking this whole lightpainting concept to a brand new level.

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    ฟังเพลงใหม่ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Great post . Thanks157

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    ฟังเพลง (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for your post , Great post.

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) January 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm
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    kok aan huis (1 Point) January 27, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Come on guys, post some photos, i’d like to see more of these :-)

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    Tom Ross (2 Points) January 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I love the one with the light emerging from the guys mouth. Really awesome works :)

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    these are great luminography examples

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    Anonymous (1 Point) January 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Barfing rainbows! Hooray!

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