The Magic of Light Painting

Painting with light is magical. The flashlight is your brush and the scene is your canvas. Imagination and experimentation are your workflow. You control how long the beam strikes the subject, which angle it comes from, the color and softness of the light, and which part of the scene is illuminated. Few other forms of photography allow this level of creativity.

Whether you’re shooting starry landscapes or urban architecture, pro photographer Tim Cooper will help you create and capture high-quality light painting images. In this detailed step-by-step guide you will:

  • Understand how to focus and set your DSLR camera settings while working in the dark
  • Learn how to calculate ambient exposure, ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, and white balance
  • Discover light painting accessories and pro techniques for controlling the angle of light, intensity, beam width, and filtration
  • Extend your night vision by preparing and processing your images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, including blending multiple images

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

We absolutely love these messengers-style bags! You’ll be amazed what you can fit inside them and how well you stay organized…and stylish! We recommend the 15” version but if you have a smaller system the 13” is a nice option. Look for their backpacks, now on kickstarter, to be available to the masses in early 2017!
— Gabe

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap SL-L-2

eak Design Slide Camera Strap – 2” wide standard strap for any camera – including the bigger DSLRs. Comes in standard black, stylish Navy with Caramel trim, and Gabe and Matt’s favorite – the Red with Tan leather.
— Gabe

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Tether Tools Case Relay System

The ultimate making sure your camera stays powered all night long! Choose the right connection to your specific camera, connect to the Case Relay, and then add any USB battery pack! Add the strapmore connection to keep it all organized and wrapped around your tripod. Set up your star stack or time-lapse and let it rip. Gabe is still trying to figure out how long it lasts, his last shoot started at 12am and he shut it off at 5am and there was still juice in the tank!
— Gabe

The ultimate in making sure your camera stays powered all night long!  

The ultimate in making sure your camera stays powered all night long!

 

Find your camera coupler here:

Find your camera coupler here:

Wrap that all in a protective silicone sleeve for extra protection

Wrap that all in a protective silicone sleeve for extra protection

We like Tether Tools Rock Solid 10,000mAh 2 usb battery pack – charge your phone and your camera while shooting!

We like Tether Tools Rock Solid 10,000mAh 2 usb battery pack – charge your phone and your camera while shooting!

And use the simple StrapMoore to wrap it all together around your tripod leg

And use the simple StrapMoore to wrap it all together around your tripod leg

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

ProMediaGear Universal L-Bracket (4")

ProMediaGear Universal L-Bracket 4”- Super smart and inexpensive L-Bracket that will fit a most medium to large DSLR’s. Ingenious two piece design that lets you always keep the supplied allen wrench with you!
— Gabe

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Intervalock Intervalometer Attachment System for Tripods

Why didn’t we invent this? Perfect solution to keep your “Shutterboss” or any intervalometer from dangling off your camera. Seamlessly connects to your tripod leg and gives you access to all the buttons!
— Gabe

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg)

When precision is paramount, the Manfrotto Junior Geared Head is unmatched. It is slightly slower to use then a ball head, but the payoff is incredible. The three way pan-tilt offers precise control in each axis allowing for individual adjustments. This head makes fine tuning your compositions effortless
— Tim

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Gitzo GH1382QD Series 1 Center Ball Head

Gitzo GH1382QD Series 1 Center Ball Head – same as the traveler version but a slightly bigger base and doesn’t allow for traveler tripods to wrap around the ballhead. Supports 31lbs and weighs 1.1lb
— Gabe

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Traveler Center Ball Head

Gitzo’s redesigned ballheads are lightweight, smooth, and smartly designed. They finally accept Arca-Type L-brackets but my favorite aspect is that the smaller Gitzo base doesn’t interfere with our much needed connection port for our cable release/intervalometers !

Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Traveler Center Ball Head – for travel tripods whose legs turn 180 degrees. The more triangular design allows you to keep the whole package compact. Supports cameras up to 24lbs. and weighs a mere .9lbs!
— Gabe

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Manfrotto 190go! Carbon Fiber Tripod

Sturdy, lightweight, and inexpensive carbon fiber tripod whose center column can also be positioned at a 90 degree angle thus allowing the tripod to get an incredible 2.75” from the ground and inspire super low and creative compositions!
— Gabe

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!

Gitzo GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head

An extraordinary work of art and craftmanship. The Traveler 2 is lightweight, to the point of no unnecessary weight or parts. Also elegant in style. Tough as nails and sealed against elements. the center ball head is precise with a quick friction adjustment that makes on the fly adjustments a breeze. Crazy good tripod.
— Matt Hill

If you choose to purchase anything suggested on our website via our link, it helps support the National Parks at Night workshop program. Thanks!