Painting with Light!

Hello Everyone and welcome back! This week we are going to be talking about my absolute most favorite photography technique and it is called, that’s right you guessed it, Painting with Light. This technique is super easy and all you need is a flashlight, a camera, a dark location(you don’t want lights to possibly ruin your shot), and a tripod(or steady surface to leave your camera)

So for starters, Painting with Light or Drawing with Light is a technique made by taking a long exposure while either lighting up your still-life or like I did below in the slideshow, I drew around a model to make a shape. Pointing your flash light directly towards your camera will make the light lines while shining at your objects in your still life with light them up like a flash.

Here is what you do:

  1. Set up your camera on the camera or sturdy surface. Take a snapshot with your flash or with your lights on so that you can double check the composition.
  2. Set your shutter speed to a relatively long value, I will typically use a 30 second exposure just to give myself enough time to fill all of the unwanted shadows.
  3. Set your self-timer. I say this because you really don’t want to be touching your camera when the shutter opens. Any movement with a long exposure is prone to bumps and you don’t want to ruin your photograph from the beginning.
  4. Once you are ready to go, push your shutter and make your way over to the still-life or in front of the camera to begin your painting with light. If you are doing a still-life, fill in all of the areas you would with a regular flash. This may take a couple of tries to get the look what you want but that is okay most of you won’t be working with film and can check your digital screen. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog and if you have any questions, comments, or if you try this technique and would like to share with me please leave a comment or email me!



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