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Light painting, Tron Legacy light cycles

Regular readers will remember how we had some fun making our own set of light paintings. At the time we were restricted to painting holographic text, but the tools have progressed since then and now it's possible to paint with images too.

You'll still need a decent camera, a tripod and a willing volunteer, but as this Tron inspired photo shows, the possibilities are almost endless. We wonder if anyone has tried light painting with two cameras to produce a true 3D image...

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Light Painting with Holo-Paint - does it work?

The iPad Creative team grabbed a rare opportunity of meeting up in the real world last night and what did we do? Yep, we played with the iPad!

More specifically we looked at new Guitar FX app StompBox (more on that in a future post) and then, after annoying our wives and waking up the kids, we went out in the garden and played with the Holo-Paint app.

If you don't know what Holo-Paint is, it is a light painting app that uses some clever stuff which, when combined with a camera capable of taking long (30 second or so) exposures, can create 'holographic' text that seems to float in mid-air, down stairs, along walls, over tables or anywhere else you can imagine.

We posted about this app last week, and the developer has added a link to a tutorial video on YouTube (see below) and the new Flickr group for users to post their images created with the app, and there are already some interesting results there. We especially liked the musical notes floating above the piano.

So how did it go? Well, we didn't have much time, but after a lot of failed shots we finally started getting more acceptable results after about an hour of experimenting with app and camera settings. If we had more time we would of got it perfect, obviously, but here are our results, let us know what you think in the comments (don't be too harsh, it is just for fun!):

This was probably our best attempt:

iPC_Holo-Painting 1

We never quite got this right but this was our best curve shot:

iPC_Holo-Painting 2

Trying a different perspective along the top of a wall:

iPC_Holo-Painting 4

Although we didn't get anything like we saw in the Magic iPad light painting video, which obviously inspired the Holo-Paint app, we had a lot of fun trying this out and at the risk of being ostracised by the neighbours, we can't wait to try it again and get even better results.

If you have an iPad (or even an iPhone) you can't go wrong spending $0.99 (59p) on this app.  Try it out, it is great fun and we are sure you can come up with some imaginative results.

Once you have your results leave us a comment and feel free to link to them, maybe even join the Flickr group, we can't wait to see what you can do with Holo-Paint.

The video below is by the app developer and is a fairly lengthy walkthrough of the app's options and what it does, do check it out if you want to know more, we found a few things out we didn't know about Holo-Paint when watching the video:


Get iPad light painting with Holo-Paint

We featured the stunning iPad light painting of Dentsu London and BERG a couple of weeks ago, since then it's gone on to become something of an iPad meme, being featured on just about every iPad blog and mentioned thousands of times of Twitter.

With Holo-Paint for iPad every iPad owner has the chance to create their own light painting. Holo-Paint is currently limited to words and symbols and it goes without saying that you'll need a camera capable of long exposure, but Holo-Paint does have plenty of settings to experiment with and at just £0.59 ($0.99) Holo-Paint seems like a good deal to us. Let's get light painting!

Further reading:

Beautiful Painting with Light (and iPad) Video