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Advisory students play with light painting

Daniel McCabe and Wes Gonzalez's freshman advisory students began playing with light painting techniques, led by student teacher Aaron Viramontes.

Light painting, or light drawing, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera.

Traditional light painting uses handheld lights to selectively illuminate or color parts of the subject or scene. Light painting requires a slow shutter speed, usually at least a second in duration. Light painting can take on the characteristics of a traditional painter.

Light paintings can be created using a webcam. The painted image can already be seen while drawing by using a monitor or projector. Another technique is the projection of images on to irregular surfaces (such as faces or buildings), in effect "painting" them with light. A photograph or other fixed portrayal of the resulting image is then made.

In 1949 Pablo Picasso was visited by Gjon Mili, a photographer and lighting innovator, who introduced Picasso to his photographs of ice skaters with lights attached to their skates. Immediately Picasso started making images in the air with a small flashlight in a dark room. This series of photos became known as Picasso's "light drawings." Of these photos, the most celebrated and famous is known as "Picasso draws a Centaur." be continued this Friday...

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