Creative Lighting Contest Winners

This month’s contest theme was Creative Lighting! We were shocked by the amount of beautiful and creative images we had to choose from, and none of the decisions were easy. Congratulations to the winners on their stunning photographs!

Our incredible prize packs would not be possible without our partners: SmugMug,Phase One, Macphun, and Fotolia. Thank you so much!

Thanks to all who entered. Keep a look out for next month’s contest!

Grand Prize

Photographer: Nico

“No Photoshop, Just light painting process. The rest of this series here

Runners Up

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Prizes

Grand Prize

SmugMug – Pro Website

This website will provide complete control over your page design as well as secure image storage. Display your work in a beautiful and professional way!

Valued at $300

Grand Prize

Capture One Pro 8 – Imaging Software

This is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and great detail. The program offers a state of the art tethered capture and a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs!

Valued at $300

Grand Prize

Macphun – Creative Kit Plus

This is a bundle of 5 different pieces of software! The editing apps included are: Noisless Pro, Tonality Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro, and Intensify Pro.

Valued at $250

Grand Prize

Fotolia – Free Images for 3 months

Many of our free episodes are created using amazing stock images from Fotolia.com! For those of you who’d like to follow along and create your own, now you can! 1 Lucky winner will get a subscription of 10 free images per month for 3 months!!

Valued at $115

Photo Contest

Grand Prize

Phlearn – Phantastic Gear

Now you too can be a real part of the Phlearn Team! We’ve been asked about selling the shirts and swag you see on our team and episodes, and we’re finally able to share them….but you’ve gotta win! The grand prize winner will receive Phlearn Gear including a Shirt, Mug, Stickers, Decals, and more!

This portion of the prize pack is PRICELESS!

Staff Pick

Phlearn – #phlearnmethod Complete Bundle & Compositing 4 Pack

This is truly a dynamic duo in terms of the Phlearn Store! Take on newer and efficient editing techniques with the #phlearnmethod Complete Bundle. AND, become an absolute compositing pro with the Compositing 4 Pack!

Valued at $250

Submissions

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    Harry

    I took this photo for my Advanced Photography class. The assignment it was taken for was called “Time and Space”. I decided to think outside the box and use the word time to take a long shutter speed photo. It was a 20 second shutter speed. I used steel wool to create this photo.

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    Liam Ross White

    Oh my god ! I’ve been waiting so long for this contest c:. Hey, as you know my name is Liam, I am a 16 year old photography student and I’m such a big fan of what you guys at phlearn are doing to help make learning photography such a nice community experience. But anway, to the photo 😉 This photo is my first photo from what I would consider a proper photography shoot. I knew what I wanted to shoot and I knew the kind of location. So me and my friend just grabbed my stuff and marched out with confidence haha. We came across this small tunnel underneath a train tracks and I was just pumped to take this shot. It was such an amazing first shoot and it make me so happy to be doing photography. Anyway I had to use free software to edit it so I’m sorry if the editing is a little naff. I hope you enjoy the photo and all the photos entered into this competition. Keep it up and keep phlearning!

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      Liam

      I meant to say this is the first proper photo shoot I went on * oops 🙂

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    Maddy

    This is a photograph I took of my best friend Rachel. It was for a light painting assignment at my college located in Toronto where I am studying Creative Photography. I just love how this photo turned out! The longer exposure and the bright lights dragged around my model illuminated her face and hair in a beautiful way and created an interesting effect. I also used a Nikon SB910 speedlight to freeze my subject and to act as a slight fill on my models face.

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    Luke Silva

    This is my entry.

    i’m a student still in secondary school (high school) currently exploring photography and was testing out lighting effects in a studio during an art course in London. the photo was created by having a 5 second exposure and using an LED wand. since this is one of my first photos i have ever done in a studio i have to admit I’m impressed with myself (not egotistical). I liked the sharpness i was able to capture on a long exposure and thought that the lighting was interesting. I am upset i cant post any more pictures i also took in the shoot but still hope you appreciate them.

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    Steef Koevoets

    this was taken just using the light of a streetlamp on misty night

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    Justin Bartels

    Hi Phlearn Peeps!

    I’m Justin Bartels a Photography Instructor at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, California. My upload is of a Nike soccer cleat that I took back when I was at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. I never liked shooting products until I started painting with lights, taking multiple exposures and combining them in Photoshop for the look I wanted. This photo was a combination of 12 photos, using the different lighting angles, and also painting the light in front of the camera to show the actual light streaks. Each photo was an 8 second exposure.

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    tommy park

    i woke up on a saturday morning and saw these shadows casted on the floor due to the blinds, and the first thought that went on in my mind was,” hmmm…interesting”

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    Domonic Buntyn

    This happened right outside my window.
    Here in St. Vincent in the Caribbean sunsets and sunrises are a great start to everyday and an even better ending.
    The colors that light up the sky are a great time to relax and enjoy the artwork that God created.
    Hope you enjoy !

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    Michael Deveault

    A nice cocktail and a torch lighting it up from behind…

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    Wyatt P.

    I was driving down the road after going to a gallery opening at the South East Museum of Photography and on the way home I pass this Krispy Kream. Out of the corner of my eye I see this old SS right in front of the neon “Hot Doughnuts” Sign and loved it. I was lucky enough to have my camera in the back seat and was taking pictures until the guy came and got in his car and left. So happy with the results! Let me know what you think!

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    Francisco Estrada

    Light painting shoot I took. I Call it “Light Rider”

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    Eric Nguyen

    im a 17 year old high school junior and this was taken with my canon t3i and 85mm lens. The lighting I used was a very warm lamp pointed at her face and a pocket flash directly behind it. I hope you enjoy my creative lighting!

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    Carla

    This photo I took it from a recital in Buenos Aires. It was a challenge because I was no allowed to take photos, I didn’t have an accreditation for it so I put my best photographer face and before I get into the recital I told to the guards that I was the girl who’s gonna take the photos to the band. They didn’t believe me at first but then they let me in!

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      Carla

      This photo I took it from a concert in Buenos Aires. It was a challenge because I was no allowed to take photos, I didn’t have an accreditation for it so I put my best photographer face and before I get into the recital I told to the guards that I was the girl who’s gonna take the photos to the band. They didn’t believe me at first but then they let me in!

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    Thomas Wright

    This is one of the first flowers of spring in my yard. I call it the “Phoenix Flower”. The Photo was taken hand-held with off camera flash.

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    Alex Chan

    Hello Phlearn, I love watching your videos and inspired me into photography. I am only 16 and I am planning to find my dreams in photography. This image was taken with my Canon 6d with a 24-105mm f4 lens in Queens, New York.

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    cleaphotos

    Lots of work went in to this. My husband, son and I did this conceptual shoot of a sort of ‘God of War'(not game). Lots of light painting with flashlights that had gels on them(red and yellow), on top of the strobes. It was a 15 second exposure. Editing for the flame hair and what not took roughly 4 hours of compositing and painting.

  • Bryan

    I hope this counts because I love this shot. I used a white reflector as the background, and fired a speed light up at it, which illuminated the reflector, which in return illuminated the scene. This was like the 200th shot and the wine glass finally broke, came to make a good shot.

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    Ken Larson

    This was in my old studio. The sun happened to be coming in a window and with a little push from photoshop I got this killer reflection off the sunglasses.

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    Ken

    This was in my old studio and the sun was coming in the window. With a little help from Photoshop I got this killer reflection.

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    Sebastian Callahan

    A friend and i were driving around a roundabout at night, his car has a blue interior light so we decided to turn it on and expose it to see how it came out

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    Neston Simoes

    Photoshoot of a friend using simple lighting,
    On a very low budget,
    Butterfly lighting using two thirdparty flashes from either sides

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    Ariel Schneider

    It was time to remember the holocaust as these to teenagers lit their candles to mourn the loss of six million jews

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    Zack Rogers

    This is Curtis. We used a long exposure and flashlights to get this effect.

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      Zack Rogers

      Curtis and I hiked up to a cave and used a long exposure to capture what looks to be light rays that lead out of the cave. This is one of my favorite shoots as the image represents direction. And everybody could use some directing in their lives at times.

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    Dennis

    I stumbled across this wine cellar and loved the lighting.

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    nickbrown2015

    This was the first time I experimented with long exposures, and ever since I have fallen in love with night photography and manipulating light!

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    KEVIN NGUYEN

    I took it in a sunny day, I think it looks really deep, and have very high depth when you look carefully the model.

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    Bird

    The sunset made the snow look amazing. I saw this when I looked out my window one night and I had to go and take a picture despite it being freezing outside.

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    Cale Berry

    Hi, My names Cale I’m 17 years old and I’m from Australia, I’m passionate about my photography and learning graphic design you guys have been a huge help so far and i love your videos keep them up. This is a photo i took in Bali on a vacation last year of these fire dancer ladies on a beach, photos are straight off my camera and they are purely lit from the flames they are holding. this is my first submission, thank you for making the time to look if you have.

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    Fitz

    “Light’s in a Jar”
    This was one of my very first attempt at being creative with a Canon Rebel T3i.

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    Paddy Burton

    The hand was lighted with a torch, inside a very dark room 🙂

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    Thomas Mørkeberg

    Odins bridge in Odense, Denmark.

    Shot this picture at blue hour and waited for quite some time for a bus to pass by, to get the extra light trail.

    Odin’s Bridge is a four-lane swing bridge with a bi-directional cycle path that crosses the Odense fjord canal on Funen.
    The total weight is about 5,000 tons, which makes it the largest twin swing bridge in Northern Europe.

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      salma

      this is one superb piece with all the different shades n lighting where necessary.wel,atleast that is my view.

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    Luke Parsons

    this is my first time sending in a photo,I love watching your videos and you guys have help me come along way. Thank you

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    Andre

    I don’t expect to win with this, but I think its pretty cool anyway, especially when you consider I was 7 or 8 when I took this picture on holiday with my dads digital camera and learnt how to do this kind of photography by accident haha.
    Good luck to everyone else participating in this contest!

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    Cherise Carter-Smoot

    I shot this image in the hallway of the first house my husband and I bought after saving up for 14 years. This was a glow ball, from the dollar store, that I’d bought for my daughter’s Halloween party decorations. There was no other lighting involved… just my (way back then) brand new Canon Rebel DSLR (this was in 2007) and the ball. Of course, I cleaned it up a bit, removing some of the noise, but other than that, its almost completely unedited. Its a small file, but I love this picture and all that it represented back then – the dawn of a new beginning for us as a family.

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    Sven Adrian

    Hi guys,
    This shot was during a Christmas photohunting walk with my girlfriend. It was taken ontop of the bridge over the river Rhein. You see the “Burgplatz” of the Oldtown. Its a combination of two shots at f/1.8 with 30s and 1.3s in order to place the image of the camera display ontop of the other image. I hope you like it.
    Best regards,
    Sven Adrian

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    Mads Peter

    Made this with a big white reflector and shot through with a flash, also had two shoot-through umbrellas on each side. Added some lightleaks in post.

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    Harry

    I took this photo two years ago in my living room and made the room pitch black and used two different coloured glowsticks to capture this

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    Sam

    ‘Projections IV’ by Sam Goodridge.
    Model: Charlottte,
    Make Up: Bilan Suliman,
    Assistant: Aislin Fall.

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    abijithpradeep

    A Panaromic sunset !
    this image was captured from one of the tallest mountains in the middle east !
    what i like in this picture is that the sun is setting between the moutains and the light is still not ready to leave making it glow like gold !

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    Runa Amanda

    This was taken in studio on a white background. The flash on the background has a red gel on it, and the flash in front is with a blue gel.
    I have then edited in photoshop to get more of a pastel look. I also stitched the image where the chewing gum bubble was the largest with the image where the model’s face looked it’s best.
    Model: Johannes
    Website: http://www.runaamanda.com

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    John Paraskevas

    My try to do steel wool photography. I hope you like it 😉

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    Scott Walton

    Steel wool, torch and and an old wharf made for some great fun light painting.

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    Kristan Rose

    One of my first silhouette shots… I hope you like it 🙂

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    James Straker

    Hey there ! I just got a camera about 5 months ago and have fallen in love with heading out and taking photos. I don’t have photo shop so this is just what my camera saw !
    I was slowly swinging a torch around and I didn’t realise that it was crossing over my leg on each rotation
    Have a great day !

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    Frederick Herrmann

    This is one photo out of my Lightpainting-Calender. This is basically getting creative with light itself. 🙂