Light Painting in Photography

Today I am posting a little bit different post. It's related to my biggest passion - photography. I have seen some awesome pictures online involving light painting and I thought I need to try it myself! So one night I played with it a little and I was pleasantly surprised how it turned up. It was so much fun! 

So what is light painting photography?

It is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera. Light painting can also describe works where the camera itself is moved during exposure.  What you actually doing while taking the shot – painting with light. 

All the pictures uploaded on this post is taken by me, for the first time. Of course, it needs a lot more practice.

What have I used?

  • Tripod (essential)
  • DSLR camera
  • Torch
  • Camera remote

 Settings to achieve the best results

  • Shutter Speed- between 11 to 30 seconds for a longer exposure (BULB mode)
  • Aperture - between f/8 and f/32
  • ISO - 100 or 200

You can adjust your camera's settings as necessary to achieve the effect that you desire.

  Light Painting Photography For Beginners Tips 

  • With the camera securely on the tripod, mark the spot where you will be using the light source, so that it is framed in the camera. Manually set the camera in this manner.
  • Use the lowest ISO value that your camera offers. This will provide a photograph with the least amount of noise, or grainy feature.
  • Aperture should be set to encompass a wider depth of field (DOF), so the smaller, the better.
  • Exposure time will depend on the ISO and aperture setting, but starting within an exposure range of 30 seconds usually works best.
  • Shoot light painting pictures in a darkroom, or outside after dark. Some ambient moonlight or surrounding lights can add to the background photo, if you would like to incorporate the background into the composition.
  • Standing on your previously marked spot (within the camera frame), get creative and move the light source to be captured on the exposure. Wearing dark-colored clothing prevents you from being seen in the photograph.

 Resources found here.

 I hope you enjoyed this fun technique! I am looking forward to try it outside with a little bit more light.  If you have a possibility to try it yourself I would highly recommend it as it's so much fun! 

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    1. I know, right? x It was so much fun playing around with it lol x

      P.S Thanks for stopping by beautiful x

  2. I love light photography, and it always loook amazing outdoors :)

    Ree //

    1. Aw thanks Ree, I cant wait to try it outdoors with some backround in the pics, should be amazing! xx

  3. those are seriously stunning!

  4. thanks for the tips and information..i really appreciate it.. Austin Aerial Photography

  5. Nice post