Light painting – still shots and animations

[Kim Pimmel's] been doing some really interesting light painting with an Arduino. In the past we’ve seen several light painting projects which use long exposures to capture moving LEDs, or moving LCD displays. But [Kim's] stepping it up a notch, using cold cathode flourescent lamps, electroluminescent (EL) wire, and lasers. The vibrant colors put out by these sources make for some great photos, but that’s not all she’s got up her sleeve. After accumulating a ton of still photographs from various shoots she decided to edit them together into stopped motion videos.

After the break you can see that one method she used to make these images was to spin the light sources on a standard audio turntable. An Arduino is controlled through processing via Bluetooth in order to move the stepper motor-mounted lights while the record player spins. Add some futuristic music thanks to Daft Punk (which is exactly what she did) and you’re in business.

[Thanks @littlebirdceo via Arduino Blog]


  1. Blackrifle says:

    That was really awesome.

  2. tapius says:

    fucking leet.

  3. Bob Spafford says:

    Er, uh, Kim does not look like a “she”.

    This is a great idea! Does anyone have ideas as to the least expensive digital camera which gives you a “time exposure” function?

  4. Renee says:

    Aww, I’m doing this exact project for my Photo class right now. I didn’t even think to send it to HaD.

  5. Nick says:


  6. NatureTM says:

    Wow, that is really impressive. Can we see more pics of the hardware and information about the techniques?

  7. Tech B. says:

    This was pretty epic. The music was an excellent choice. Does any one know what song that was?

  8. Mr. Name Required says:

    Very much in the style of a digital James Whitney and his analog computer for film (see Youtube).

  9. Bram says:

    @ Bob,

    Not much, you are looking for a camera with a so called ‘Bulb’ function, which lets you open the ‘shutter’ for as long as you want.
    Even though most standard digital camera’s can be set up to a exposure time of about 30s, which is more then enough for this kind of stuff,.

  10. Sean says:

    FYI: Kim is not a she.

  11. Aaron says:

    The music is by Daft Punk, from the Tron Legacy soundtrack.

  12. Jan says:

    Pimmel means dick in colloquial german :)

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