Nikon Ambassador- Dave Black Lightpainting

Arlington National Cemetery - Photo by Dave Black

Lightpainting - Light Up Your World

A Presentation and “LIVE” Demonstration by: Dave Black

This will be a step-by-step presentation and a “LIVE” demonstration teaching the artistic lighting technique of Lightpainting. This class is for any photographer interested in learning how light can be used to stylize their image making.

This presentation will cater to the artistic lighting technique of Lightpainting. Lightpainting combines long exposure times with illumination from mobile light sources to create a unique photograph. This highly creative lighting style of image making is applicable to every genera of photography and is a useful skill for any photographer to have. Attendee’s will see multiple examples ranging from small tabletop imagery, to life size scenes, and even large-scale landscapes. This stylized lighting technique will be illustrated with a collection of portfolio images including his Lightpainting work for National Geographic. Step-by-step procedures and commentary as to how Lightpainting is accomplished will be the driving point behind this most unique presentation. Questions will be taken during the presentation time. Note taking is encouraged.

My presentation is designed to inform, educate, and entertain. Attendee’s can become familiar with the topic by visiting my website tutorial articles on Lightpainting. Simply log on to and click the Workshop at the Ranch page.

As a freelance photographer for over 30 years Dave’s work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. The list of event coverage includes the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regarding the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic athletes and coverage of twelve Olympic Games. Known for his creative use of Speedlights and in particular with the artistic technique of Lightpainting, Dave’s portfolio continues to broaden into the commercial and advertising industry, and with specialized lighting projects including work for the National Geographic and their book Where Valor Rests, Arlington National Cemetery.

Dave is one of Nikon’s “Legends Behind the Lens” and a SanDisk Extreme Team photographer. His long involvement as a teacher and guest lecturer at numerous photography workshops and Universities since 1986 include American PHOTO magazine’s Mentor series of national and international photo treks, and the online video education with Kelby Training. His monthly website tutorial articles, Workshop at the Ranch attracts more than 85,000 unique visitors monthly. His recently released instructional book, The Way I See It … is highly acclaimed in both the US and abroad.

To see Dave’s images, learn more about photography, or purchase his books, visit his website: