Lightomatic is a Photo Booth That Lets Subjects Paint Light Into Their Portraits

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As light painting photography is becoming more popular and common, photographers are coming up with better and better ways of bringing the technique to events. The Lightomatic is a fancy solution by Dazler, a collective of light painters based out of Lyon, France.

From the outside it looks like your average high-end photo booth, but it’s one that allows users to make a creative light painting self-portrait print on the spot.

The exterior of the booth features a thick light-blocking curtain, a screen that displays the photos being created within, and a slot for prints to pop out of.

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Once participants step inside, the exposure begins and participants have two minutes in which they can draw colorful light patterns in the air with handheld LEDs.

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When the time is up, the subjects freeze for a bright flash that adds them to the resulting photograph:

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The prints include the logo of the event and the logos of the sponsors. Here are some examples of light painted self portraits created using the Lightomatic:

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Here’s a video showing the booth in action:

The Lightomatic might be a neat way to offer light painting at your next event, but the price is pretty steep: the base cost starts at €3,800 (nearly $5,000), so it’s probably not the booth you’ll be renting for a smaller gathering. It IS however, an interesting example of how creative photo techniques are becoming more mainstream and accessible outside of photography circles.

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