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  • For most of human history, painting was done with a brush, a canvas, and an easel.

  • But as technology advanced, new opportunities arose for artists to express themselves.

  • Nowadays, artists around the globe are creating magnificent masterpieces with light.

  • Light painting is possible via a special camera technique which uses long exposure times to capture the movement of light through the air.

  • In 1914, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth created what many people consider the first examples of light painting.

  • They used a slow-shutter camera and some small handheld lights to study the motion and efficiency of factory and office workers.

  • Although they weren't trying to create art, their pictures would inspire many photographers and painters.

  • In 1949, famed artist Pablo Picasso tried his hand at light painting after he was introduced to the concept by photographer Gjon Mili.

  • Picasso used a handheld light to scribble and sketch in the air of a dark room, which was exposed on the film.

  • In the photographs from these sessions, it's plain to see that Picasso was fascinated with this unusual form of art.

  • You don't need to be as talented as Picasso to give light painting a shotwith today's technology anyone can do it.

  • Aspiring light painters only need a digital camera, a tripod, and a flashlight to get started.

  • Next, choose a dark location; many people prefer to work outdoors at night.

  • You can add some unusual colors to liven up scenery

  • or even add some digital graffiti to walls and landmarks without breaking the law.

  • Whichever method you choose, you're sure to have an illuminating experience when you try light painting.

For most of human history, painting was done with a brush, a canvas, and an easel.

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