Developer: Yin Ki Lau
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
Light painting, also known as light drawing is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources. (Wikipedia)
I have been a photographer for many years and have to admit I’ve rarely done any light painting projects. That said there is a niche market for this type of photography. The Light Painting app provides you a readily available source for your lighting. No need to drag out a flashlight or light a torch.
The Light Painting iPhone app allows you a variety of options for your lighting — much more than theflashlight or sparkler typically used for light painting. The Illuminator Mode gives you a choice of Static Spot (single solid color spot), Dynamic Spot (rotating four color spot) and Rainbow (multi-colored rectangle). You have a choice of four different spot colors. Plus a variety of strip sizes when in the rainbow mode. There are also several examples of photos that were taken using the different modes.
I found Light Painting to be very easy to use and took several pictures using it. As with any photography experiment you’ll have to play around with your shutter speed, and make adjustments for ambient lighting. The Light Painting app provided enough illumination, a variety of colors and different shapes to manipulate. All in all it was fun to work with.
Light Painting iPhone app is designed for a very specific niche market. It’s not one of those apps you get just to have on your iPhone. If light painting is not you’re thing, no need to have this app it will serve you no purpose. But. If you enjoy light painting or want to give it a try. The Light Painting app is a great choice. You’ll be equipped for a light painting project anytime you wish no matter where you are.
If you need inspiration for your next Light Painting project check out these photos on flickr.