Light painting is the art of creating a design in the dark by moving lights in front of a camera. When the camera lens is left open for an extended period, complex and colourful shapes can be produced which look really beautiful.
The technique of light painting has been around for over a hundred years, but the availability of digital cameras has made the practice much easier to achieve. If the results aren't what you want, you can do it again quickly and easily. One of the best things about light painting is that you don't need to be an experienced photographer to get excellent results.
Ball of Light photography is an example of the stunning visual creations that are possible with light painting. The concept has captured the imagination of photographers around Australia, and Smith and Collins are the acknowledged leaders of the field in Adelaide. Smith and Collins are well experienced in helping others to learn light painting techniques, and their light painting workshops now have an added attraction.
Inside the Adelaide Milling Co Flour Shed at Port Adelaide
The next series of Light Painting Workshops from Smith and Collins will take place at two very special places. Historic Port Adelaide has long been a favourite location for avid photographers, and Smith and Collins have managed to secure exclusive access to the Harts Mill flour shed, adjacent to the Port Adelaide Loop Path. This iconic building has a strong connection with the Port's maritime history, and is much sought after for special events in Port Adelaide. The Adelaide Milling Co flour shed was recently restored by Renewal SA and is looking just as good as it did a century ago.
The second historic location for Smith and Collins' light painting workshops is the highly sought after Z Ward - once part of Glenside Hospital (previously known as the Parkside Lunatic Asylum). The National Trust of South Australia was approached for access to Z Ward, and Smith and Collins are now working with them in a partnership which will help to keep Z Ward maintained and open to the public in the future.
Light Painting Workshops at Z Ward With Smith and Collins (Image Supplied)
This partnership means that the latest light painting workshops will take place in an environment rich in character and heritage, allowing imagery to be created that is quite unique. All of the workshops are open to people of any experience level - in fact you don't even need to own a camera to take part. A team of qualified guides coupled with low class numbers ensures that all participants will have plenty of individual personal attention and one on one training.
Denis Smith and his team have designed the workshops to be a premium quality experience. A tasty high quality meal (suitable for vegetarians) from Red Lime Shack is included in the cost, and full barista service all evening guarantees great coffee. Not only will you produce some wonderful images through the night, but your appetite will be pleased too.
Learn How to Do Light Painting at Quality Workshops in Adelaide (Image Supplied)
A special feature of the Z Ward light painting workshops is a mini historical ghost tour from Adelaide's Haunted Horizons on the night. These tours are in great demand, and Alison Oborn makes a wonderful guide - previously I have taken her Dark History Tour in Adelaide which was a memorable experience.
There are only a few light painting workshops in each of these historic places, and numbers at all sessions are very limited. Find out more about the workshops on the Smith and Collins website, or follow them on Facebook for updates.
The Light the Flour Shed workshops at Harts Mill run between Friday November 27 and Sunday November 29, cost is $195. The Z Ward Experience is available on Friday December 11 or Saturday December 12 only, cost is $395.
When you book for one of these workshops you can feel a warm glow that you are helping to keep these heritage buildings alive and open to the public. Add to that your awesome new creative skills in light painting, and it all amounts to an exciting and very rewarding experience.