Gunnar Heilmann

Light Art Photography

Who is Gunnar Heilmann?

Gunnar Heilmann’s work focuses on Light Painting Photography – capturing light as a main subject in his photography. With a background in engineering and innovation, he transcripts this approach into ‘single exposure shots’ with a minimal treat in post-production. The long-exposure photographs deploy light trails and sculptures to merge with the subject in a very intricate way. This technique, titled Light Painting or Light Art Photography, influences the viewer´s perception of the environment, often creating new light forms, scales, and atmospheres into landscapes as well as profound and whimsical portraits:

Light Painting Photography drives me for many years.
Here I share the results, some backstage, the process, tips, inspirations, and techniques of my work.

Mostly focussed on Light Painting Photography, My photographic works comprise nature, animals, people, architecture, and the combination with long exposure night photography.

Follow here for upcoming tutorials on light painting, light art, long exposures, and creative photography in general. Take part in the adventure travels around the world and let me show you remote locations, introduce you to the people I meet along the way, and step into creating always something NEW with light.

If you are looking for inspiration and ideas for Light Painting, go roam around.


Gunnar Heilmann Light Painting

What I do? Here is a small selection of my Light Painting work.

Here you can find plenty of exciting examples of Light Painting using Fiber Optic Brushes or Light Tubes or even Fire, featured in Portraits, Landscapes, and Seascapes, as well as in Architectural Photography. Go and explore the different genres this art form has to offer.

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Drone Light Painting

Drone Light Painting

Drone Light Painting
Architecture Light Painting Brushes

Architectural Light Painting

Architectual Light Painting
Fiber Optic Light Painting Brushes

Fiber Optic Light Painting Portrait

Fiber Optic Light Painting Portraits
Light Painting Camera Rotation

Camera Rotation

Camera Rotation

Many different techniques and subjects to explore for Light Painting.

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Light Painting with Fire

Light Painting with Fire

Fire Light Painting
Light Painting with cars


Light Painting Trees

For the Love of Tree’s

Landscape Light Painting

Landscape Light Painting

Landscape Light Painting

Blog post about and for the interest in Light Painting by Gunnar Heilmann.

Beginners Guide to Light Painting

Meteor Jam 2022

Flashlights for Light Painting

Wind Tunnel Light Painting

Light Painting Photography while I travel the world.

Gunnar Heilmann Portrait

Being lucky to be able to travel the world as much as I do, I get to light paint during the night at some pretty incredible places. My travel expertise, therefore, has to extend beyond the photography technique itself, but also traveling 'light' and efficiently to have as many tools 'onboard' when 'On the Go'. I love to explore our planet. Shortly after I return from travel, I would often feel to just get back on the road or plane and keep exploring. Light Painting Photography means more than just hitting a button on a camera. It often involves meeting people like you and working on an idea as a team. Meeting with like-minded people, enjoying the night adventures beyond a beer or wine.

Light Painting is a very social form of art bringing Photographers together.


My Light Art World Map

Over the past 10 years, I have been light painting on six continents and many many countries. Here you get a glimpse of my travel and the art that was created along the way. Some of these photos are created by meeting some amazing people. Thank you to all who have been part of my travels. Explore my worldwide travels and creative results through my Google Light Art World Map. My favorite Light Paintings from 6six continents.

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Want to meet up?

That was one of my main questions. Asking as well as asked. For those of you who are already in Light Painting as well, you know its so much more fun when doing it together with friends. When traveling around the world I have always tried to find like-minded photographers who would like to collaborate or shoot together. Meeting locals is always so much better than just with the Lonely Planet.
That was the main reason to think about a platform/directory/map/database of Light Painters I can connect with on. In Dan Roberts from Denver, Colorado I found not only a friend and a like-minded photographer but a software developer with incredible skills. He said man yes let’s do this. So the two of us joined in on the venture. The team was completed when Reagan and Natalia joined in as well.

In Fall 2018 the long-discussed idea became a plan on the 1st of February 2019 Lightpainters.com went ‘life’.
Want to meet up? Put yourself also onto the map so I can find you and your work and see if I can plan the next road trip to see some more light painters.

Let’s find each other on LightPainters.com

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In Sven we trust. One of those friends that a solid beyond just words. We have collaborated on several projects (like the Excavator 1452) and I guess we both learn so many things from each other. I love his entire crew! No doubt about that. If you are familiar with german you may learn from him as well. He does have a huge blog with so much information. Follow his Facebook account as well. Super informative, I highly recommend his blog LichtKunstFoto

Light Painting in Xing Ping

Sounds Like We Might Click?

You are interested in a collaboration or commissioned art? Looking forward to meeting up with you to discuss your project. Loving the challenge!



You can find my Light Painting Photography on all sorts of social media and various different photography platforms, so if you like to follow my work look up my name.


Got some interesting photo ideas or projects? Contact me!