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March 6, 2013
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Creative Inspiration: Light Painting + Light Pollution

Given the subject matter of light pollution, the team behind this video utilized a fresh light painting production technique.  Check out these very cool in-camera effects.

Creative Inspiration

Light stroking (or light painting) is an increasingly popular effect showing up in all types of videos.  Often motion designers and video editors will create this effect in Adobe After Effects, utilizing third party plugins like the popular Trapcode Particular by Red Giant Software.   In a recent post we showed how it’s even possible to achieve a light stroke or light painting in After Effects with the application’s default tools.  Check out that article here.

It’s refreshing then to see a production team create a high production value PSA video using light painting effects, but without any post-production or CGI magic.  From the Vimeo page:

This video incorporates the following techniques: light-painting, light-graffiti, timelapse, hologram with iPad and stop motion. Everything was shot on camera, no Particular, Echospace or other CGI light generator.

They get extra points for using a cool light technique in a video highlighting the ‘hidden costs’ of light pollution…pretty clever.

Check out the video on their site or below (best viewed full screen):

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