Ep 234: Light painting with guest Denis Smith

What is light painting? This stunning photographic effect can be achieved with some simple hacks. The master of light painting, Denis Smith, is the guest on the podcast this episode. You’ll not only discover his secrets behind this stunning technique, you’ll also learn about his fascinating journey into photography.

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Show Notes

Above: Denis Smith

Denis Smith bought his first camera in 2009, and during the same year a huge life change saw him leave his home town of Auckland to make a new start in Adelaide, South Australia. The move away from Auckland and a high flying corporate life allowed Denis the time and space to deal with the depression, alcohol abuse and lifestyle that almost killed him. Photography quickly became the creative outlet that allowed him to replenish both mind and soul.

Denis is now known as one of the world’s most prolific light painters, and continues to inspire photographers of all ages and experience to explore and push the boundaries of their own creativity. Through his light painting workshops, Denis mentors beginner to advanced photographers and leads them into the night to create ethereal and mind blowing images.
Denis believes photography should be inclusive and that we live in an incredible age where everyone, young and old, can create stunning images that spark joy and enthusiasm deep within.

With an uncompromised openness about his own mental health issues, Denis brings art, nature and people together whilst influencing mental health acceptance and equanimity.

Topics covered

  • How photography rescued Denis from depression and Alcohol abuse
  • How his Orb images led to a short film about him going viral
    Denis generously walks us through his step by step technique for creating these mind-blowing images.
  • How to Macgyver your own light painting tools for under $5
  • How to shoot in moonlight
  • Overcoming your fear of high ISO
  • And heaps more!


Website: https://www.denissmith.com.au/


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_ball_of_light/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DenisSmithPhotography

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWfs6HM1qqHmzxHLggFOjcw

Products/workshops: https://www.denissmith.com.au/

Image by Denis Smith
Image by Denis Smith
Image by Denis Smith
Image by Denis Smith

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