Participants were introduced to a creative form of art photography known as light-painting. Movements of light during a long exposure create striking images that illuminate subjects. The resulted artworks act as a combination of manual set-ups and digital manipulation that allow the communicator to capture unique motion.

The workshop was divided into 3 stages:

1. Intro/discussion of technical aspects such as camera settings, exposure times etc. Participants also took a look at what tools can be used to light paint with.

2. Created light painting manual work.

3. Digital manipulation of captured images on Photoshop.

Some equipment was provided and participants were encouraged to bring their own equipment if available. Additionally, they could combine the works with previous photographs they had taken of any subject and create a new concept. Experiential works include making letters, building words, making shapes such as spin orbs and rainbow ribbons.

About Laura Bakalka

Laura Bakalka is the Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the American University in Dubai, who has found a passion in visual story-telling by becoming part of experimental artworks. With works practiced across Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, Laura is now sharing some of her experiential works of light-painting photography and further image manipulation at the American University for the Dubai Design Week.