Painting with light is one of the most fun photography techniques I have ever tried. Basically it is leaving the shutter of your camera open on a tripod, playing with lights, then closing the shutter. One picture usually takes several attempts- but the results provide an entirely different experience in photography. It is called painting with light because depending on how you ‘paint’ with light it can create a different picture every time. Here are a few pictures that I have created while playing around.
Spinning Christmas lights. I attached the Christmas lights about 10 feet in front of me and then swung them in a circle as you would a jump rope while I took the picture. Luckily I had a remote for this. Painting with light generally involves more than one person.
My husband helped me on this one again. He held an LED light above the pan and wiggled it back and forth to create the steam. I have also seen pictures where individuals have done this over water such as a pond.
This was actually my third try doing this picture, and there are still improvements to be made. For this we used a couple of flash guns that I had, placed some colored gel paper over the top of them and painted our cabin.
Okay, enough pictures of my playing around. One last photo I would like to share is by Rusty Sessions of Sidewinder Media. While exploring painting with light techniques I took one of his classes and he showed us the effect of steel wool (as seen below).
If you have an SLR camera, a tripod and want to play- I highly recommend painting with light. If you live in Utah, send me a note, I would love to go!
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