Take Your Timelapse to the Next Level with the Magnificent Light-Painting Abilities of Pixelstick

Pixelstick 4Over the past few years, timelapse photography has gone from being the cream of the crop of DSLR videos to a somewhat trite technique that is nothing if not overused. However, what if a piece of technology came along that could open up a whole new world of possibilities for the world of timelapse photography? What if the limits of what had previously been possible with long exposures could be stretched infinitely, and with a relatively inexpensive piece of technology. Well folks, that piece of technology is here, and it's called Pixelstick. Check out the details below:

First, have a look at the Kickstarter video for Pixelstick, and prepare to have your mind blown.

The idea behind the Pixelstick is a relatively simple one. It's a string of 198 individual LED's that can be programmed to read out an image from an SD card one line at a time for the length of your camera's exposure. This allows the art of light painting to go further than it ever has before.

However, what makes the Pixelstick one of the coolest photographic inventions in recent memory is its ability to increment exposures over an extended period of time, therefore opening up an entirely new world for timelapse shooters.

As I mentioned before, timelapse photography experienced a massive boom at the same time all of us began to shoot films with DSLR's. As a result, and somewhat unfortunately, the technique itself became kind of a cliché because of how widely used it was.

But, Pixelstick infinitely broadens the possibilities of what can be done with timelapse photography. Not only can aesthetically pleasing abstractions be created with relative ease, but animation can be captured in camera without the need for any expensive computer animation and compositing.

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Even though the visual possibilities of the Pixelstick are only limited by the imagination of the user, the potential for this device within the context of narrative filmmaking is likely limited, perhaps with the exception of photographic animations. Where a device like this could potentially shine however, is in the category of experimental filmmaking, where the beautiful abstractions created by moving the Pixelstick could be used as an infinitely expressive tool.

Make sure you head of over to the Pixelstick Kickstarter page to learn more about this fascinating piece of technology. Even though it's already well beyond its funding goal, it could very well be worth it to get your hands on one of these before they hit the market at a higher price.

What do you guys think? Do you think this has the potential to change the way we think about timelapse photography? What kind of projects would you make with a Pixelstick? Let us know in the comments!

Link: pixelstick - Light Painting Evolved -- Kickstarter

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Im sold. Brilliant

November 11, 2013 at 4:50PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

shaun wilson

I can't really imagine too many actual uses for this in day to day projects, but damn this is seriously cool.

November 11, 2013 at 5:13PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Trendy advertisements.

November 11, 2013 at 9:45PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Yea get ready to see it become the new overused thing for cell phone commercials. Cool now though.

November 11, 2013 at 10:49PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Wow I can see there are many creative way for photo and video use! Sign me up!

November 11, 2013 at 11:13PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


"trite technique that is nothing if not overused"

ooo ... sting! Pick *one* thing from the interent which doesn't immediately get overused lol

November 12, 2013 at 12:27AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I wonder if it's bright enough to use for other purposes (ie light up a background with a little splash of color)
An extra use like that would give me a nice excuse for a creative toy.

November 12, 2013 at 9:33AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


November 12, 2013 at 11:37AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


my thoughts exactly. why risk hours of timelapse shooting when you can easily solve these looks in post?
I think the engineering and innovation behind it is awesome but as a product... not so much. obviously the kickstarter project points to enough people who feel otherwise

November 15, 2013 at 8:31AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Looks incredible. But I still can't figure out what is happening... I get that it divides an image into strips of pixels, but how do you advance through them with such consistency during timelapse?

November 13, 2013 at 4:42PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Ben Johnston

That's what I was wondering too.

November 14, 2013 at 3:03PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


name of the song please ! :)

November 28, 2013 at 4:12AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM