Gunnar Heilmann

Light Art Photography

Who is Gunnar Heilmann?

Gunnar Heilmann works focuses on capturing light as a main subject in digital photography. With a background in engineering and innovation, he transcripts this approach into single shot pictures with a minimal treat in post production. The long-exposure photographs deploy light as a tool and as a subject. This technique, titled Light Painting, influences the viewer´s perception of the environment, often creating new sculptural forms, scales and atmospheres into landscapes as well as deep and whimsical portraits:

Photography drives me for many years in this channel I share the backstage, the process, trips, inspirations and techniques of my work.

Mostly focussed on Light Painting, My photographic works comprises 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 steps into creating always something NEW with light.


What i do ? Here is a small selection of my work.

Tube Light Painting

Tube Light Painting

Fiber Optic Light Painting Portraits

Fiber Optic Light Painting Portraits

Heart’s of Light

Heart's of Light

Camera Rotation

Camera Rotation



For the Love of Tree’s


Landscape Light Painting

Landscape Light Painting

Tube Light Painting Portraits

Tube Light Painting Portraits

Being lucky to travel the world as much as i do, i get to light paint during the night at some pretty awesome places. My travel expertise therefore has to extend beyond the photography technique, but also travelling 'light' and efficient to have as many tools 'onboard' when on the go. I love to explore our planet and can’t wait to get out there again.
This is my current travel map. Not sure if thats something to be proud of, but thats just it.


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 travelling around the world i have always tried to find like minded photographers who would like to colaborate or shoot together. Meeting locals is always so much better than just with the Lonley Planet.
That was the main reason to think about a platform / directory / map / data base of Light Painters i can connect with on. In Dan Chick 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 lets do this. So the two of us joined in on the venture. The team was completed when Regean and Natalia joined in as well.

In Fall 2018 the long discussed idea became a plan on 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.

Lets find each other on LightPainters.com

Sounds Like We Might Click?

You are interested in a collaboration or commisioned art. Lokking forward to meet up with you to discuss your project. Loving the challenge!



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

Instagram has really lost its attraction and is no longer reliable as a ’social media‘. To bad, actually sad but, yes i think it will slowly lose its relevance. Anyhow here is a quick Instagram Up Date:

  • Night Light Exploration at Horca del Inca.
Timeless Rocks

On a beautiful night at Copacabana-Bolivia, I got to shoot  El Horca Del Inca with @thoughtfulrider. This pre Incan astronomical observatory offers a multitude of interesting rock formations to lightpaint. As we went even higher in altitude and crossed the 4000m mark, each step uphill felt extra heavy. What an impressive location.

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  • Giving AudioPort a head start

Not too long ago I had the pleasure to shoot with the talented group of DJ's called AudioPort. Introducing the hero in blue and red: Max.

Once again I used the black fiber optic brush from LightPaintingParadise. If you're interested in seeing how that works please find my tutorials on YouTube. 
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  • Where starts reality? Who is she, what did he make of it? How does she influence the the artist? Creative artistic progress comes in many forms and shapes. I tend to say my portrait work is strongly influenced by the human I light paint. When looking at a series of light paintings I made of a person, I usually see very similar moods and the feeling it wakes are of one kind. Here with Heidi I uncover some that I didnt see before I did not expect. It did take time for me to see it too. Now I see it sharing it with you as well.

Thank you for the easy going relaxed shooting @heidirondak & @melanie.hoppe. With you again? Anytime Anywhere! 
To create this portrait I used a black fiber optic brush from LightPaintingParadise. If interested how it's done follow the YouTube tutorial I made on the topic.

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  • Playing with the rectangular acrylic blade from LightPaintingParadise in between Light Painting Portrait sessions with friends. Going like; see this is how you can do this and that. Ending up with some pretty cool shapes. In the background is a huge liner of bubble wrap that reflects so nice.

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Looking for more inspiration. Source of information on Light Painting?


If you want to find out more about the universe of Light Painting go to LightPaintingBlog and you’ll find lot of featured artists and their story, you’ll find tests for flashlights and tips and tricks to build your own light tools.

One section that goes beyond; LEARN LIGHT PAINTING – TOP SITES TO FOLLOW
This is already a great selection of sources.