Light Painting Workshop


Experience the variety of color and shape when creating images using free-form light.

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Experience the various types of light painting to create abstracts with color, swirls and excitement.

Light painting, painting with light, light drawing, or light art performance photography are terms that describe photographic techniques of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space, or to shine light at the camera to ‘draw’, or by moving the camera itself during exposure of light sources. Practiced since the 1880s, the technique has developed using several types of lights under various conditions.  We will explore many of the techniques during this workshop.

Light Drawing is an art form where a handheld light sources  create light designs. Light Painting is an art form where the artist uses hand held light sources to selectively illuminate parts of a scene during a photographic exposure.  All light painting images are created in real time and captured to the camera in one single photographic frame.

Flashings, both with constant beam and flashing/pulsing beams; long internally lit tubes; and computer generated light sticks all are used to create the abstracts in the different forms of light paint.  We will be using each of the light sources plus a variety of shapes, colors and materials to create in-camera, single shot images. After an instruction period, participants will be working in small groups to create their own interpretation of light painting, with and without a human subject in the picture.

Some of the images will include city scape as background, while others will utilize reflection to enhance the light painting.

Class Info

Class Length

Approximately 4 hours

Class Size

Limit of 15 students


Photo II or Instructor’s permission



Rick Katz


The Garden of the Phoenix (formerly Osaka Garden)

Jackson Park

5800 South Lake Shore Drive




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