Painting with light: what you need, and where and how to do it

    | Night | Photography Tips | 13/07/2012 15:00pm
    Light painting tutorial

    Image copyright David Clapp

    Painting with light in 5 easy steps


    Canon DSLR menu settings: Live View

    1 Get some focus
    Set up the camera and shine a light source on the main subject so you can focus the camera. Use Live View to help you focus accurately.

    Painting with Light: take a test exposure

    2 Take a test exposure
    Try shooting at f/5.6 for 30 secs at ISO800. If more ambient light is needed, increase the ISO to increase the sensitivity, or set the camera to Bulb mode. If less ambient light is needed, set a narrower aperture. Do not decrease the shutter speed.

    3 Start painting
    Now you can experiment with torch light. Try to avoid painting from behind the camera; light the scene from the side and the subject will have more definition. Experiment with angles and colours (if possible).

    4 Take your shot
    Once you’re happy with your 
light source, press the shutter release and then paint your subject until you hear the shutter close again. Keep an even flow with the torch, making sure the light source moves at all times to avoid excessive light on one spot.

    Painting with Light: review your images

    5 Review the results
    Examine the image for sharpness and focus. It’s all too easy to forget to check images for quality when you get caught up in the excitement of painting. Check the histogram as well as the image, as this will give a clearer idea of how accurate the exposure is.

    PAGE 1: What is light painting
    PAGE 2: What you’ll need when painting with light
    PAGE 3: Painting with light in 5 easy steps


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