Light Painting – Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

Zach Alan is a light painter and portrait artist based in Houston, Texas. He’s built his life around creating impactful and eye-catching photographs. Alan is well-known for popularizing a form of light painting with fire, and his creative environmental portraiture. Light painting portraiture, landscapes and the mixture thereof are a primary passion of his. Take a look at some of our favorite picks in the gallery below and be sure to follow Zach Alan’s Instagram Page.

“This was definitely a style developed over time. I started off doing night time cityscape photography,” – said Zach Alan.

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Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“And eventually moved on to light painting large abandoned industrial spaces with simple tools like cheap speedlites and the small LEDs on a cell phone’s flash.”

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

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Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“Ultimately I began incorporating models into my photography after seeing the beautiful work of Eric Paré, who later became a great friend.”

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“One of the great things about light painting is the sheer amount of everyday objects you can use to create.”

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“I’ve used everything from bottle caps and clear plastic tubes all the way up to expensive programmable LED sticks.”

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Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“Primarily I use a homemade wood and cotton torch for my work with fire, and a wide range of tools made by Light Painting Brushes, a company here in the US that makes tools tailored specifically to light painting.”

 

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“Photoshop is a hugely important part of my workflow, and I think it helps to set my work apart from other light painters.”

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

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Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“I start off by using the curves tool to enhance contrast in various parts of the image in order to bolster my composition, then I move on to the color grading and touch-ups.”

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“I really enjoy shooting landscapes and portraits.”

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

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Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

“Landscapes are important because I’d say that 90% of what makes a good environmental light painting is where you place your subject within the greater composition of the landscape.”

Light Painting - Portraits and Landscapes by Zach Alan

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