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

Landscape Light Painting

Landscape Light Painting

Tube Light Painting Portraits

Tube Light Painting Portraits

Drone Light Painting

Drone Light Painting

Camera Rotation

Camera Rotation



For the Love of Tree’s


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



In Sven we trust. One of those friends that a solid beyond just words. We have collaborated on several projects and i guess we both learn so many things. 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 or Instagram account as well.


Sometimes i get lucky. I feel so, also because of the team of LightPaintersParadise! Proudly i can say they named me Ambassador for their products. I comes easy, as i can test light opainting tools they make early during the development as well as get to play with. It has become a wonderful colaboration and i feel really gratful for their trust.

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:

  • During the Light Painters meetup in August i was lucky to shoot together with like minded Light Painting friends. We called it Meteor Jam and PNW meetup .
Here we are all on a bridge close to Mt. St. Helen's shooting and shooting and hoping to catch some Shooting Stars.

This very photo is a colaboration with @chrisbauer_lightpainter who light painted the Orb in the center. Thanx mate. After the 'Orb-making' i ran around waving that huge fiber optic wip during the 120 seconds with a ISO 1250 on my 12mm Laowa lens. Again changing the F-Stop in the process; starting with F11 and finish with F2.8 in the last 30 seconds.
So there is no Photoshop involved in creating the features of the image, just light painting.
  • For the love of the Milkyway 
Chasing for some shooting stars during a Lightpainters meet up we call PNW Meteor Jam and waving some gigantic optical fiber wip.

Here we are all on a bridge close to Mt. St. Helen's shooting and shooting and hoping to catch some Shooting Stars.
In this shot i got lucky with a great shape of the fiber optic wip as well as the Meteor during the 60 seconds with a ISO 1250 on my 12mm Laowa lens, plus a bit of red light on the street from my head lamp.
So there is no Photoshop involved in creating the features of the image, just light painting.

Special thanks to @chrisbauer_lightpainter & @hackthelight who got us all excited about going up north and combining the PNW and the 4th MeteorJam... Epic! 
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  • Ice Queen II. 
Another shot from our last shooting. Thank you for that fun shooting Mia & Caro!
It was a pleasure to even share wine and light with you both 🍷

This time there was on top of black fiber optic brush also some UV active paint. Here very subtle but, damn you look great @_miabell_ !

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  • Ice Princess

Just minutes before thunderstorm rolled in we got one shot that I was happy about. We rolled onto the street just when it started to rain.

This photo was taken on the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendower on the north west border of Utah.
I used a huge 2m long self made optical fiber wip attached to a LED-Lenser flashlight.
@thoughtfulrider was so kind to model as Ice Princess.

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