The Magic of Light Painting, with Tim Cooper


Painting with light is an exciting and artistic way to portray your subject in a completely unique manner. Using the darkness of night as the backdrop and any subject as the canvas, the photographer works like a painter using flashlight to illuminate, highlight, and emphasize their subject.

Using your own light source to illuminate the scene provides unrivaled creativity in rendering your final image. Experimentation with color, intensity and angle of the light source creates limitless possibilities and adds another technique to your portfolio. The tools are simple and the technique easy to master. Come join professional photographer and author Tim Cooper as he shares the tips and tricks to create light-painting masterpieces.

Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, The Ritz Carlton, Vasque boots, 3M, Blue Note Records, and The International Heart Institute. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel & Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Ebony, Fly Rod & Reel, Modern Luxury, and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art, and editorial illustration. 

In addition to commercial work, Cooper has also been involved with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, since 1993. He has taught workshops, classes, seminars, as well as held the positions of Consultant, Director of Education, Director of the Black and White Program and Director of Digital Imaging. Cooper currently teaches various workshops, classes, and seminars for the school, in addition to writing and consulting on both photographic and digital technologies. He is the author of the training videos Perfect Exposure for Digital Photography, Perfect Composition, and Magic Light, the digital book, Capture Process Print, Complete Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers, and his latest book, Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Take advantage of Cooper’s love of teaching by joining his online photo club. For a full list of Cooper’s Workshops and Videos, click here.