Put simply, Light Painting lets you capture “light graffiti,” by capturing multiple shots of a moving scene and then blending the shots into one image showing a light trail. Normally, this effect is obtained through long exposure shots, but given the limitation of a smartphone camera sensor, Huawei used this ingenious workaround.
To showcase Light Painting, Huawei enlisted Canadian photographer Benjamin Von Wong and gave him the task to capture some amazing shots with the P8, no Photoshop allowed. And boy, these shots are amazing.
There’s a rather big caveat: these shots are the work of a professional crew, using a tripod, light filters, and custom lighting. In other words, you won’t be able to just pull out your phone and do something similar the next time you go for a night out in the city, even if the video above suggests that’s possible.
Still, the results are quite impressive. Just a few years ago, taking shots like this with a smartphone would have been a pipe dream.