Painting with light has a great post on using long exposure photography to “paint” a design with light in your image. The article gives details on all you will need to create this effect and different subject ideas for your project (product like shot, location shot, and environmental graffiti). A shot done with this technique would look fantastic on FujiFlex or Metallic paper. It would really bring the light to life.

Painting with light is a fun technique that gives great results. It is called painting with light because this is what you are actually doing while taking the shot – painting with light.

Here are some great ideas to use this technique with:

Product like shot – In a closed (dark) room place your product on a table and paint it’s contour. You can use several colors to make a strong effect or to draw different (even imaginary) parts of your object.

Location shot – find a location with some ambient light. Find an object that is less “hit” by that light. now you can use the ambient light to capture the background, while painting the object with light. You will get a nice effect – with some surreal foreground and a “normal” background. Also the white balance will be different on ambient and painted – another cool side affect.

Environmental Graffiti – If you are shooting a wall (or even on thin air…), you can scribe on the wall. Make funny graffiti; Write huge love notes; Make a political statement – there will be no trace left other then the one on your memory card.

2017-09-21T22:43:28+00:00September 1st, 2007|Categories: Photography|Tags: |

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