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Book Description

Light Art Performance Photography (LAPP) is a unique form of art that was invented and developed by the authors of this book. It is one of the first forms of art using light as the medium to gain widespread attention. Unlike other types of light painting, LAPP does not just involve illuminating existing objects; it also requires the photographer to create and capture new subjects constructed entirely of light. LAPP pieces are usually shot at night using long exposure times to capture complex sequences of precisely choreographed movements. Real-world surroundings are combined with transient, light-based elements to produce spectacular effects.

The defining characteristic of LAPP is the harmony between the background and the harsh light often used to produce the individual image elements. The symbiosis between photographer and performer gives each work a degree of reproducibility that is essential if it is to be accurately restaged at a later time.

The first part of this book describes the evolution of LAPP as told by its originators, while the middle section goes on to present a gallery of spectacular, large format LAPP images. The final section offers some basic steps and tips to give you a starting point for creating your own LAPP artworks.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Foreword
  6. Foreword by Rainer Opolka
  7. Contents
  8. Lapp 01
    1. The LAPP-Story: How It All Began (Interview, Part 1)
  9. Gallery, Part 1
  10. Lapp 02
    1. What is Light Art Performance Photography?
    2. Initial Considerations
    3. Shape, Color, and Emotion
      1. Shapes and Colors
      2. The Effects of Space and Individual Image Elements
      3. Types of Long Exposures
        1. Traditional long exposures
        2. Night landscape photography
        3. Performing with Light
        4. Emotions
        5. Fusing Photography with Performance
    4. The LAPP Story: Sponsors, Influences, and Milestones (Interview, Part 2)
  11. Gallery, Part 2
  12. Lapp 03
    1. Technique
      1. The Look and Feel of a LAPP Image
      2. Selecting Equipment
    2. Planning and Executing an Idea
      1. Finding and Preparing a Location
      2. Setting Up a Scene and Taking Test Shots
  13. Background Stories
  14. Lapp 04
    1. The Making of ...
      1. How a LAPP image develops
      2. Step-by-step Guide to Creating a LAPP Photo
        1. Step 1
        2. Step 2
        3. Step 3
        4. Step 4
        5. Step 5
        6. Step 6
        7. Step 7
        8. Step 8
    2. LAPP-PRO on TV, Gestalt, and Kinesthetic Intelligence Matt Crawford on LAPP
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