Our Favorite Lightform Shelter-in-Place Projects II

Lightform Shelter-In-Place Projects
Lightform Shelter-In-Place Projects

Sheltering in place during a pandemic is far from ideal. Still, many in the Lightform community are using it as an opportunity to hone their creative skills and entertain their community. As we approach the year mark of COVID’s onset, we wanted to spotlight the inventive uses of Lightform. For some Lightform users, quarantining has allowed them to channel their spare time into creative exploration, using Lightform as an innovative source to entertain, educate, and connect with the outside world while social distancing. Here are just a few unique ways we have seen Lightform users creatively utilize projection mapping while sheltering in place.

Art Pieces

Last spring, Austrian artist Markus Dietrich collaborated with Vienna visual artist duo Meta Vis to create a projection-mapped art piece. Markus Dietrich, an artist from Vorarlberg, Austria, captured the mood during the pandemic’s first peak in his acrylic paintings. Months later, he came together with Meta Vis to realize an installation with a multi-layered canvas, composed of acrylic paint and projected light, using Lightform to capture and enhance each detail of the paintings.

Projection mapped artwork by Markus Dietrich and Meta Vis.

Lightform user Becker Schmitz has also been keeping busy during COVID with his art installations, developing his artistic approach of Entgrenzung using Lightform. Although there is no English translation for the German concept of Entgrenzung, the term essentially means “the delimitation of artistic discipline.” Becker’s artistic approach fuses Entgrenzung with painting in virtual and analog space, using the Lightform LF2 to illuminate pieces of his work, as seen in the polygonal structure below. As an artist focused on painting, he is continuously working on more projects for an exhibition while working as a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Essen. Find more of Becker’s projection mapping work on his Instagram, @becker.schmitz.

Polygonal structure by Becker Schmitz.

Zoom Classes

Some of our users have been integrating Lightform into their live Zoom classes, illuminating their studios and gyms with projection mapping. For example, photographer and Zumba instructor Matt Amerndariz uses his Lightform to light up his Zumba signage for a Zoom backdrop. You can find more of Matt’s photography and Zumba classes on his Instagram, @mattarmendariz, or his website, www.mattarmendariz.com

Matt Armendariz’s Zoom Zumba class

Livestream Performances

While some Lightform users have been integrating projection mapping with their art pieces, others have utilized Lightform for at-home performances and livestreams. Music artist Dolo Jones used his LFC to add projected visuals to his live performance of “Boxes” for Synthstrom’s first-ever Online Festival. Dolo shares, “[This] amazing piece of kit has kept me busy during lockdown! [It was] slightly tricky to film on a multi-camera setup during lockdown, but I tried my best! Hope you like it!”

Dolo Jones’ live performance of “Boxes.”

Similarly, Lightform user Chadewick Harris uses his LFC to enhance his livestreams’ visuals. Here’s a livestream event Chadewick took part in last December. “The panels used to create the projection surface were created by Cerebral Concepts. Great Lakes Flow (my organization) got together with Equilibrium Arts LLC, and That’s Our Friend! to create a digital G.E.T. Down for our communities. We were able to safely gather in groups to create this immersive experience. Thank you to Lightform for helping us light up the night!” shares Chadewick.

Digital G.E.T. Down.

Twitch Streams

Lightform has also been popularly used for Twitch streaming backgrounds. Danny Tumia, a world-record-holding video gamer & former competitive skateboarder, uses his Lightform LFC Kit to create eye-catching backgrounds on his Twitch channel, xSkelatorrr. His recording studio includes projections to animate iconic movie posters. Check out Danny’s gaming skills and his Lightform creations on Twitch.

Danny Tumia’s recording studio.

Homeschooling Sessions

Megan Wanderer is a fine art creator and avid Lightform user. During quarantine, she and her five-year-old niece approach homeschool art a little differently, integrating Lightform’s projection mapping into their art sessions. “All Lightform products are suited for both personal and professional use – that’s why I love them! It is an affordable introduction to projection mapping that is able to grow alongside your ideas and skills,” says Megan. You can find more of Megan’s work on her Instagram, @meganwanderer.

Five-year-old Jasey enjoying homeschool art.

Home Offices

As people have been adjusting to working from home, some Lightform users have creatively transformed their home offices into visually appealing working spaces. Lightform user Ben Stepan uses his LFC to light up and project geometric visuals to visually impact his office nook. His audio reactive projections give his set up an extra AR twist. Find more of Ben’s work on his YouTube channel, Stepout Visuals.

Ben Stepan’s office nook.

How Are You Using Lightform?

From livestreams to homeschooling, Lightform users have found creative ways to blend projection mapping into everyday quarantine routines. Here at Lightform, we are constantly inspired by the many ways Lightform users have used their devices to stimulate their creative pursuits. If you’ve found ways to integrate Lightform’s projection mapping into your routine that we haven’t mentioned above, let us know and comment below, or tag us in your next Lightform creation with #lightformcreations.

How to Projection Map Bioluminescence Using Lightform

How to Projection Map Bioluminescence
How to Projection Map Bioluminescence

Kahika, a trio music group with an electronic/dub/soul style from Australia and New Zealand, recently released a music video for their EP “Mutual Gathering,” utilizing effects generated by the Lightform LFC Kit. In this post, Jon Hislop, a member of Kahika, shares how the video was made along with tips to successfully projection map bioluminescence when filming outdoors. Detailed is how the bioluminescent effects were created using Lightform’s default effects and importing custom motion graphics created in After Effects.

“I wish to reveal everything I know and learned, in the hope that projection mapping as a realistic portrayal of life-energy in nature is explored more by other creators. At certain moments in the music video, certain visuals jumped out as feasibly realistic and, I feel, escaped the monotony of appearing too digital. I hope to push this organic look further in the future.”
— Jon Hislop     

About the Group & Song

Last December, Kahika released their EP “Mutual Gathering” along with a music video showcasing New Zealand’s exotic wildlife, using Lightform’s AR projection mapping to light up the island’s lush vegetation with artificial bioluminescence. The song is ultimately about people enjoying and respecting nature. It explores the Māori concept of mana: the life-force energy that exists within all nature. In mythology, mana is gained and lost through your deeds. “Mutual Gathering” is Kahika’s interpretation that respecting nature is a way to invite more mana into one’s life. In the music video, mana is visualized as artificial bioluminescence growing and glowing, which was done using Lightform’s projection mapping. These organic forms were filmed in real-time, using Lightform to cast digital projections to create the plants’ glowing visuals.

Kahika Band Photo
Kahika band members Geo Seato, Trent Ward, and Jonathan Hislop.

Projection Mapping Preparations

When projection mapping outdoors, Jon recommends using a 3,000-lumen projector, noting that lumen criteria would suffice. “I had a 6,000-lumen projector, and despite being in a dense forest shielded by the sun, projections only gained strength in the twilight hour – one hour before sunset, and shortly after sunset. Of course, you can project at night, as I did in the second half of the music video, but some ambient light gives context to the scene,” shares Jon. When taking into account the scenery’s colors, Jon noted that neither green nor brown absorbed the light well (the two dominant colors of forests!) Hence, the twilight hour is best suited for great shots.

Useful Equipment

Make sure to use tarps beneath your setup to keep your gear safe from the outdoor elements. It’s impossible to keep your cables off the ground, and dirt inside of your connectors is stress-inducing. Gazebos are also a great way to shield your equipment from any potential rain. An additional thing to consider is the generators. “Because generators are so loud, having 50 meters of extension cable can be a great way to make sure the noise isn’t constantly bothering you while trying to relax and work in the bush. Don’t forget to pack lunch…and maybe even dinner,” shares Jon. Setting up your scene, preparing for unexpected natural elements, and perfecting your projection mapping outdoors in the midst of a forest can be time-consuming, so make sure you arrive prepared with plenty of time to commit to your installation.

Filming Caveats

The camera used to film your projection mapping project will make a big difference. Depending on your camera, the quality of your projection may not be picked up through video. As Jon put it, “Occasionally, the projection mapping effects were not fully reflected through the camera. What was unimpressive to my eyes was saved by my Fuji x100v in Velva mode and its ability to boost colors with beautiful yet natural-looking tones. For smooth pans on a budget, I recommend the Zhiyun Crane m2 or the DJI Ronin. For the smoothest possible horizontal pans, look at buying or renting a horizontal camera slider.”

Visual Tips

One of the most colorful moments in this video was achieved by scanning a dense shrub, then dropping on the Lightform effect “Digital Fade.” Voilà.

How to Projection Map Bioluminescence - Visual Tips
Adding Lightform effects to a dense shrub.

In fact, this effect, as seen on Lightform’s Conservatory of Flowers, was what convinced Jon to buy Lightform and to create this music video in the first place!

Creating Your Own Bioluminescence

Great “organic” looking effects can be easily generated by running various colorful videos (E.G., “particle fx” videos from videezy.com) through a mesh-warp and displacement map in after effects.

Digital Bioluminescence
Creating organic looking effects onto a tree.

For example, Jon used this video to recreate the same effect in After Effects. Once you import the video into your After Effects project, you can drag a mesh warp onto it (under the effects panel). Using rows and columns of three and quality between eight-ten, you can distort your video by grabbing any of the points between crossing lines. This is a simple and very controllable way to wrap your content around a source such as a tree with a stump.

Distorting your video in After Effects.

If you want an effect that is more abstract and into the realms of wild and slightly uncontrollable, using “Turbulent Displace” can create very fluid and organic-looking shapes. “There’s no wrong way to play with the settings – they’re all a lot of fun,” says Jon.

Add “Turbulent Displace” for a more abstract effect.

From here, you can animate parameters such as “Evolution” or “Complexity” to bring life to the visual. Importing your own music, you can animate parameters such as the above, or change the color with “Hue/Saturation,” and do it to the beat of the music or a strum of the guitar, similarly to what Jon accomplished in the Mutual Gathering music video by animating my mesh warp. Experiment with any of Kahika’s back catalog.

When you’re ready to project, simply export the video, import it into Lightform, and you’re ready to light up the forest. Film the results, bring them back into After Effects or Premiere, and re-align your video with your music. Done!

Final Tips

If you create audio-reactive visuals, make sure there is enough time in your video clip (of the static bioluminescent visual) before and after the part where your visual reacts to the music. Too often, the video clip repeated too quickly, and Jon wasn’t able to set up some of the filmed footage in Premiere to begin and end when he would have preferred.

Other Filmmaking Creations Using Lightform

Thanks to Jon for his willingness to share his insights on how to projection map bioluminescence. To learn more about importing custom content or how to utilize other Lightform Creator features, visit the Lightform Guide. See Kahika’s full music video and check out their latest EP on Apple / Spotify / Bandcamp.

We’re inspired to see Lightform being used creatively in music videos. Along with Kahika, many users in the Lightform community, including Kira Bursky and Jennifer Deann Scott, have utilized their Lightform devices for music videos and filmmaking. You can find more in our 2020 Retrospective: Inspiring Lightform Customer Examples. If you found this helpful or have other questions about projection mapping, we invite you to leave your comments below.

Lightform Interview with Artist Ryan McCoy

Lightform Interview with Artist Ryan McCoy
Lightform Interview with Artist Ryan McCoy

Lightform power-user and creative force behind D4, Ryan McCoy is known for his large-scale digital installations and mind-altering projections, using Lightform as a medium to capture audiences and showcase his elaborate creations ranging from progressive social movements to psychedelic-induced artwork. From Virtual Burning Man live streams to multi-story renegade political protest projections, read our Lightform interview with Ryan McCoy to discover the fire behind his artistry and evolutionary journey with projection mapping.

1. What is D4, what type of work do you focus on, and how did you develop an interest in projection mapping?

While my background is in graphic design and large format printing, I’ve always had an interest in video editing and animation which I dabbled with on the side. YouTube provided a good source of large-scale professional video mapping that was mind-blowing, but I never thought the production tools would be affordable or easy to learn. Summer of 2018, I discovered a video mapping system that was still in pre-production and was offering a great discount for pre-order customers. With no hesitation, I placed my order and received my Lightform LFC in early 2019.   All the dreamy thoughts were finally beginning to manifest. It didn’t take long before a mobile setup was ready for a renegade style projection. There were already a couple of Lightform video promotions showcasing this style and living in St. Louis, MO, [where] there are plenty of spots to bomb some photons. Lightform was the spark for a newly found creative outlet that has become D4. I have since put my focus on expanding my software knowledge for live and interactive projections.

2. Why is projection mapping important to you? Do you think it has a broader importance to society?

Human expression is important to society and video mapping is an extremely powerful medium to capture attention. Light beams add vibrant life to create unforgettable expressions that allow onlookers to see from a new perspective. Projected visuals can impact society’s awareness of important topics or be used to attract potential customers to a business. A favorite quote of mine is from Jim Carrey, “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.”  Projection mapping is important to me because it offers an opportunity to have an effect on strangers without ever speaking to them. I love seeing people stop to watch or capture the moment on their phone knowing that they can’t wait to tell someone else about the witnessed visual.
“Human expression is important to society and video mapping is an extremely powerful medium to capture attention” — Ryan McCoy

3. What has been your favorite project to date?

My St. Louis network has provided the opportunity to set up immersive visuals at a newly opened event space called IMRSD. It’s a creative space located on Cherokee Street, which is a popular district for artists of all types to showcase expressive talents. It’s my favorite place to test new ideas as I push the boundaries deeper into the realm of immersive art. The last event held there was the weekend before the covid lockdown. The news about covid was just beginning to buzz in every conversation so I decided to create a visual theme using virus graphics to light the walls. Little did I know, those would be the last visuals in the space for a very long time. 

4. What is the craziest object or scene you have projection mapped?

The craziest video projection I have attempted was for the Black Lives Matter movement. St. Louis had tremendous unrest which started with the death of Michael Brown. This tension flared again with the recent riots connected to the death of George Floyd. I wanted to show my support for the BLM movement and decided to project from a downtown rooftop over to a neighboring building. My biggest concern was the distance to the building wall [which] was over 400 ft away. I gathered some BLM graphics online and prepped them to be black and white for high contrast. I was hoping the full white 6k lumens on my projector would be visible for the extreme distance. It took a few ninja moves to get the gear in place, [but] once I had the content ready and powered up the projector, my jaw dropped as the image focused on the building.  I was completely amazed at the visibility and utter size of the image appearing on the building.  This projection had the least technical know-how since no mapping was involved, but definitely something I will never forget doing.

5. Describe your projection mapping creative process. How do you choose your scene? What is your thought process behind identifying elements to map?

I still consider myself a novice when it comes to video mapping. I see every new scene as a learning experience opportunity. With Lightform, while the software allows easy mapping, it’s important you are able to capture a good scan. My biggest learning curve was identifying which locations were best for the scan in addition to staying within the limits of my projector. I really like using Lightform on textured surfaces and organic shapes. I love accenting wall murals and paintings. I’m constantly trying new techniques in my workflow, so my creative process is a growing evolution of trial and error. Some projects I’ve spent a few days in planning and setup, while others were ready to go in 30mins. For anyone interested in video mapping, I found Lightform to be a great introduction to my journey of immersive art. As I’m gaining more knowledge, I’m finding creative ways to use Lightform effects and scan data in other 3rd party software.

Learn more about Ryan McCoy and find his Lightform projection mapping projects on Facebook, or follow our blog for more exclusive interviews and Lightform user examples. Interested in having your Lightform projection mapping content featured? Tag us in your creations with #lightformcreations for an opportunity to have your projects shown on our social media!

2020 Retrospective: Inspiring Lightform Customer Examples

2020 Lightform Customer Examples
2020 Lightform Customer Examples

As we close out 2020, we thought it would be nice to reflect on creative and inspiring projects created with Lightform LFC Kits and LF2 AR projectors. In a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic and rounded out with social protests to murder hornets, we’ve taken solace in the creativity of the Lightform community. We have curated some noteworthy Lightform customer examples and collaborations that came to fruition this past year. Enjoy!

1. Night Bloom at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

At the beginning of the year, we teamed up with the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers to projection map a plant-immersive light show for their winter event, Night Bloom. From various tropical plants to floating pond grasses, Night Bloom was the perfect plant mapping installation to put the Lightform LFC Kit to the test. After augmenting complex organic textures and creating an ambient, environmental projection mapping show, the exhibit proved to be a success. Read more about the event in our blog and find behind-the-scenes details to our Night Bloom installation.

2. A Disney Castle Light Show

As COVID-19 began to restructure our daily routines in early spring, visual artists like Matt Maldonado used his art to inspire entertainment lovers and Disney fans who remained at home during the quarantine. In reminisce of Disney theme parks, Maldonado designed a timeless rendition of Disney favorites through a light show projected onto his handmade, 3D miniature model of the Disney castle. Inspired to keep the Disney magic alive and captivate audiences at home, Maldonado states, “I wanted to create this show for the Disney fans that are not only missing the parks but the magic as well.” In a creative array of classic Disney visuals, Maldonado used the Lightform LFC Kit to cast well-loved characters and Disney clips onto the front of the castle. Spectators of his project are transported to the Haunted Mansion’s eerie halls, launched through a laser-filled Star Wars space battle, and guided into Neverland with Peter Pan and friends as they fly across the castle wall – all while fireworks fill the castle’s night sky backdrop.

3. Social Movement Projections

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this year, Lightform power-user Ryan McCoy used his LFC Kit to display a progressive social movement projection onto the side of a multi-story building in St. Louis. “I wanted to show my support for the BLM movement and decided to project from a downtown rooftop over to a neighboring building,” says Ryan McCoy in one of our interviews. You can view more of his large-scale work on Facebook.

4. Lightform in Wonderland

In a playful, fantasy-inspired projection mapping project, Playable Agency used Lightform in an interactive, Alice in Wonderland installation. The Wonderland art show featured a mad tea party accompanied by the Cheshire Cat, a flower garden archway and a magical “Drink Me” potion. See more experiences created by Playable Agency on their web site.

5. ‘New Thought / No Thought’ Short Film

Kira Bursky (@allaroundartsy) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. This spring, Kira participated in the Stuck At Home 48 Hour Film Project, using the LFC Kit to scan her drawings and design the projections featured in her short film. She utilized Lightform Creator’s built-in effects and textures and sourced additional royalty-free animations and clips. In her blog post discussing her filmmaking experience, Kira shares, “I was inspired to tell the story of my mental health journey. Through meditation, I have experienced a shift in my perception of reality. I have pushed beyond what I had once perceived as the extent of reality. It is quite difficult to describe this experience with words, but it is beautiful and life-giving. This film is my attempt to portray that experience.” Read her full story on how to make a short film with Lightform’s projection mapping.

6. L‘esperance’s Lighting Design for an Outdoor Event

Daelen Cory, the creator behind the award-winning design service L’Esperance Designs, has a rich portfolio of historic restorations to futuristic designs. Daelen uses the Lightform LFC Kit to projection map the interior and exterior of his clients’ homes. He created an immersive experience with six LFC Kit devices paired with Panasonic PT-VZ580 series projectors in this project. Daelen and his team transformed the exterior of his client’s property in LA into a mystical wonderland full of color and light. A great example of how the LFC Kit can take lighting design for landscaped outdoor events to the next level. See more of his work on Instagram.

7. Jennifer Deann Scott’s Violin Cover of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails

During the summer, ARWorks Motion Picture Company produced a music video featuring Jennifer Deann Scott in a cover of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails. ARWorks used the LFC Kit with an Epson 1450 projector to projection map the planets and create effects on their surfaces. The LFC was also used for background shots, the water scene in the video, and Jennifer’s live performances. “This was shot over two days in a garage in 95-degree heat here in Denver this past July… All the music was produced by Jennifer from the ground up,” says the producer, Erik Schreiber.

8. “Positive Projections” in Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s city murals came to life this summer with Adam St. John’s portable tricycle setup. Paired with Lightform, Adam’s renegade project consisted of projection mapping various murals throughout Sydney’s inner-west neighborhood. His project, “Positive Projections,” was an effort to highlight local artists’ work to help them paint, animate, and develop newly designed artworks in the city. Discover more of Adam’s work on his YouTube channel.

9. A Thriller Halloween

Jérémy Carre Cube is a video mapper and light programmer from the Alsace region in France. This Halloween, Jérémy used his LFC Kit to projection map a band of jack-o-lanterns singing to Michael Jackson’s notorious track, Thriller. His projection mapped jack-o-lanterns are hosted on a haystack stage with a spooky forest backdrop, with digital fire effects cast onto real firewood as a part of his Halloween show.

10. A Bioluminescent Light Show in Kahika’s Music Video, Mutual Gathering

This November, Lightform’s projection mapping lit up New Zealand’s wildlife in Kahika’s music video, “Mutual Gathering.” Paired with various aerial shots of Aotearoa, Lightform’s digital effects were used to light up the New Zealand forests, depicting artificial bioluminescence. “Mutual Gathering” is a song about people enjoying and respecting nature. The music video explores the Māori concept of “mana,” a life-force energy that permeates the universe, which is visualized as bioluminescence upon flora & fauna. “These organic forms were filmed real-time, with glowing visuals made possible with a projector, an outdoor generator, and Lightform,” shared Jonathan Hislop, a member of the Kahika trio. Find more of Kahika’s music on Spotify

11. Wall Art Projections

DIY expert Chip Wade from Fox and Friends used his LF2 to demonstrate how to decorate wall art for the holidays without the hassle of hanging lights. Using his LF2, Chip projected his digital projections onto his custom-made, wood, cutout art piece in his house to bring his wall art to life.

12. Christmas Village Diorama

This holiday season, many users in the Lightform community utilized their Lightform to transform ordinary holiday decor into projection mapping light shows. Chris Sardinas used his LFC Kit to light up his Christmas Village diorama, bringing his miniature cafe, fire station, and neighborhood bicycle shop to life.

We’re Eager to See What You Create in 2021

We have seen a flux of creativity and imagination from Lightform users this year, and these are just a few among many remarkable projection mapping projects. From retail display to music videos, Lightform users have found innovative uses for their devices to spur anything from business opportunities to artistry. We hope the content you see from others in the Lightform community inspires you to keep creating and innovating with your Lightform devices.

As always, we want to keep up with your new Lightform creations throughout the upcoming year. Share your projection mapping projects with us by tagging #lightformcreations in your social posts so we can feature your content and continue spreading the projection mapping magic throughout 2021.

Lightform LF2 Example Installations: Transforming Small Spaces with Projection Mapping

Lightform LF2 Example Installations
Lightform LF2 Example Installations

Utilizing projection mapping to creatively transform small spaces has become a lot easier with the introduction of the Lightform LF2 AR projector. Designing projections with Lightform Creator in tandem with the LF2 projectors’ built-in Lightform technology simplifies the process of projection mapping and saves time compared to traditional methods. A streamlined projection mapping process leaves more time for Lightform users to focus on their creativity and art. Inspired by our customers’ creative use of the LF2, we’ve shared some noteworthy Lightform LF2 examples that we hope inspire you.

Household Furniture & Decor

Jeff Teague, a Lightform user in New Mexico, used his LF2 AR Projector to produce an immersive light-show on a Byobu folding screen. He made use of the intricate patterns on the screen to align his projections and employ effects to trace the partitions’ borders and create eye-catching animations using the effects library in Lightform Creator.

In a similar fashion, Lightform user Vi Tran uses the LF2 to projection map sheer curtains, displaying nightly shows to cheer up her neighborhood during quarantine. Vi Tran, aka Cleo Patra, is an exhibit designer with an abundance of creative energy. She has published numerous projects, ranging from a psychedelic Easter Bunny to celebrity self-portraits, and paintings by Shepard Fairey, Vasarely, Dali, and many more artists. You can find more of her work on her website, Applied Curiosity

Wall Art & Paintings

Wall art is among many Lightform users’ favorite items to projection map with the LF2. Here is a great LF2 example by Dave Coughlan. Earlier this year, Dave’s partner gifted him with an LF2 as an early Christmas present, which he used to projection map his wall art (for the first time) in less than an hour.

Lightform user Rick Morrison used his LF2 to projection map his 3D logo (6.5”) as well as a cat painting by Sketchy Eddie of Nova and Loki (30w x 20h”). To find more of Rick’s augmented reality projections via Lightform, visit his Facebook Page, Aw Jeez – Flow Arts

Cat Painting LF2 Example

3D Sculptures

Sculptures are another popular projection mapping object among our users. Christian Onofrei’s first LF2 project was done by creating a low-poly paper lion head paired with audio reactivity, making his LF2 projection react to audio. “I am very excited about Lightform! It allows me to put my design skills into a new realm,” shares Christian. You can find more of Christian’s work on his YouTube channel, Chris tries Mixed Media, or his Instagram, @chris.mixmedia.

Artist Dan Lam’s sculpture is another creative LF2 example showcasing the transformation of still art into augmented reality. Dan brought her unique sculpture made of polyurethane foam, resin, and acrylic to life with the LF2. The combination of overlayed effects on her 3D sculpture via Lightform Creator software adds another level of visual punch.

Hobbies & Other Objects

Because Lightform is capable of scanning environments in minutes, some Lightform users experiment with their LF2 by quickly scanning objects around the house, including hobby items. Manfred H. Launer was able to scan his skateboard in under 10 minutes on his first try.

Andrea Zavareei, an experienced user of the Lightform LFC, is VP of Ops at King Integrated Solutions, Inc., a corporate AV and video-conferencing company based in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving his Lightform LF2, he immediately set it up and projection mapped his Moog Music Workstation. He took some video clips of it and matched it up with original computer music he made circa 2000. Find out more about Andrea’s work on his website

Latoya Charisse Flowers, a multimedia producer at the Carve Capture collective, used the LF2 AR projector to create her first Lightform experience called ‘Travel with Time.’ The clock served as a blank canvas to display generative spheres. She wanted to achieve mesmerizing effects in circular motions while keeping a minimalistic design. Latoya used X Particles via Cycles 4D and enhanced the color treatment in After Effects before importing her content into the Lightform Creator software to achieve her clock’s unique digital effects. Learn more about how Latoya incorporated projection mapping on her website, Latoya Charisse Flowers

DIY expert, Chip Wade from Fox and Friends, used his LF2 to demonstrate how to decorate for the holidays without the hassle of hanging lights. He added his LF2 light display to a custom, wood cutout art piece in his house, bringing his wall art to life.

Although the LF2 is popularly used for indoor projects, it can also be used for small, outdoor setups as well, including porches, balconies, and outdoor deck areas. If you plan to install an LF2 project outdoors, we recommend using an LF2 Outdoor Enclosure to keep your Lightform in a fixed position while ensuring its safety from mild outdoor elements or theft.

Do you have other LF2 examples you’d like to share or thought of an LF2 example that’s not listed in our blog? Let us know and comment below or share your creative work by tagging your post with #lightformcreations on social media.

Holiday Projection Mapping Ideas

Holiday Projection Mapping Ideas
Holiday Projection Mapping Ideas

Say goodbye to traditional holiday lighting. This year, we’re taking a fresh approach to the usual winter festivities and revamping holiday decorations with Lightform’s projection mapping. Whether you’re sprucing up existing holiday decor – or have no decor at all – use Lightform’s projection mapping tools as a standalone, all-in-one source of holiday entertainment or use it to transform your end-of-year holiday displays. Get the creative juices flowing this December with these creative, holiday projection mapping ideas.

Transform Your Walls

Nothing sounds sweeter than a Christmas choir harmonizing Silent Night…unless there’s a cat in a Santa hat slamming piano chords on a living room wall projection! With the addition of the new Storyblocks feature in Creator 1.11.13, you can now peruse 900k+ videos to projection map not just your Christmas tree but your blank living room wall as well. Transform your wall into the ultimate holiday canvas and project anything from Santa-hat-cats to cozy fireplaces as a winter backdrop.

Add Snow...Digitally

Enjoy a digital winter snowfall from the warmth of your room. Upload your own assets or use Lightform Creator’s built-in-library of effects to customize your holiday projection mapping setup. Use your custom projections combined with classic string lights to give your lighting decor an extra boost of holiday glow.

Projection Map A Fireplace

Light up the winter nights with a cozy fireplace projection. Lightform user Corey Callahan uses his Lightform LFC Kit to create a Christmas scene. Corey lined up the fireplace projection to strategically cover his AC and added an overlaying fire effect to bring additional movement to his flames. His projected furnace is complimented with a green, projection mapped Christmas tree (originally white) for a complete, snowed-in cabin feel.

Dining & Furniture

Holiday projection mapping doesn’t have to be limited to traditional holiday decor. Some users in the Lightform community have found ways to highlight unique dining elements. For instance, Lightform user Jérémy Carre uses his LFC to map a geometric wine rack – perfect for showcasing a wine collection for holiday dinners.

House Mapping

Another popular object for holiday projection mapping is house projection mapping (AKA house mapping). Just as popular as it is for Halloween, many people in the Lightform community like to projection map the front side of their house for the winter holidays. In order to projection map your entire house, we recommend pairing the LFC Kit with an external projector to capture a full-house scan. You can find a compatible projector to use with the LFC Kit here. Smaller, outdoor scans of 6-12 feet can be done with an LF2 AR Projector in very low, ambient light to dark scenes, but we don’t recommend using the LF2 for whole-house projections. Outdoor projection setups may also need some extra preparations. Keep your LF2 unit in an outdoor enclosure to keep it safe from theft and mild weather. Here is a full-house projection that one of our Lightform team members, Anum Awan, created to inspire you.

Dioramas

Dioramas are also among one of our users’ favorite holiday displays to projection map during this time of the year. Lightform user Chris Sardinas uses Lightform to light up this mini holiday neighborhood in his “Christmas Village” display.

Share Your Holiday Projections

Getting festive can look a lot differently for Lightform users who are using projection mapping to create their holiday decor. From house projection mapping to dinner displays, we hope these ideas stir up your creativity for the holidays. Have you thought of a holiday projection mapping idea we didn’t include? We’d like to hear from you – or better yet – see what kinds of holiday creations you’re whipping up this winter. Comment below or tag us with #lightformcreations on social media for a chance to be featured on our social channels.

Halloween Projection Mapping Examples by Lightform Users

Halloween projection mapping on a house using the LFC Kit with the Optoma W460ST Projector.
Halloween projection mapping on a house using the LFC Kit with the Optoma W460ST Projector.
As people are ramping up creative decorating for the Halloween season, users from the Lightform community have utilized the LFC Kit for Halloween projection mapping projects. Indoor and outdoor scenes are being taken to the next level as part of neighborhood and office competitions. From entertaining little ones next door to hosting socially distanced holiday gatherings, find inspiration for your next Halloween lighting project from Lightform users using projection mapping to transform interior and exterior spaces into Halloween spectaculars.

Halloween Projection Mapping On A House

House mapping has proven to be a popular approach to decorating for the holidays. Projection mapping is a fun and fresh way to light up an entire outdoor region with Halloween scenes. Daniel Ioannou’s example of house projection mapping includes both his house and lawn to overlay his Halloween story.

Dans Haunted House by Daniel Ioannou.

Garage Mapping

Garages alone are a great projection mapping canvas for Halloween scenes. Visuals of fiery ghouls and skulls are accompanied by haunting music in this piece by Mark Hallett, who used his outdoor garage for projection mapping.

“I plan to incorporate Lightform…into a Pyromusical & Lightshow in the near future. I have been in the projection mapping world for a while now and can say [that] Lightform saves so much work, allowing more time for creativity. I love it!!” — Mark Hallett

Halloween section of Mark Hallett’s garage projection using Lightform.

DIY Halloween Props for Projecting

The use of smaller, handmade Halloween props and objects to display projections has proven quite popular. Mark Hallett’s project used scrap pieces of styrofoam to create his own haunted house-style window. In contrast, Julian Dorrell utilized a mannequin for his projection mapping project.

 

Haunted House Window by Mark Hallett

Haunted House Interiors

Reminiscent of Disneyland’s Haunted mansion, Chris Sardinas’ Halloween scene leverages household furniture and Halloween props to design a haunted house with his LFC Kit. The scene includes a talking magic crystal ball, a shattering picture frame, and a monster grandfather clock. This scene exemplifies Halloween projection mapping magic.

“It’s a great product, been looking for something like this for a few years. In a couple more years everyone is gonna start having these things.” — Chris Sardinas

"Spooky Town" Diorama

Ryan Tuttle, used smaller scale Halloween props for a full-table diorama in his project called, “Spooky Town.” This year, he decided to add a little light to his town using a Lightform’s LFC Kit.
“Spooky Town” by Ryan Tuttle
Halloween projection mapping has transformed holiday lighting and decor, and it’s inspiring that Lightform LFC Kit has become part of this trend. The LFC has proven to be a critical part of our customer’s creative tool kit ideal for projects ranging from  full-house projections to intricate indoor displays. For more Halloween inspiration and other holiday-centered projection mapping ideas, follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter. If you create a Halloween projection mapping installation share it with us in the comments.