Tip of the Day: Painting with Light

Want to add a little something special to your images? With your camera on a tripod for stability, use a long exposure and carefully light up different areas of your subject. Below is an example of adding light to a single spot of a subject. You can also use a single light and a long exposure to light up an entire scene. This photo of flowers was taken in a totally dark room with the white balance set to tungsten for a blue tone.

Want to add a little something special to your images? Try painting with light. Painting with light requires a camera on a tripod and a handheld light source, such as a flashlight. With your camera on a tripod for stability, use a long exposure and carefully light up different areas of your subject. Below is an example of adding light to a single spot of a subject.

You can also use a single light and a long exposure to light up an entire scene. This photo of flowers was taken in a totally dark room with the white balance set to tungsten for a blue tone. I used a small flashlight with a paper snoot to make the light more concentrated.

Painting with light is also a good activity for kids. Put the camera on a tripod with a long exposure and let them make designs in the air with the light, they'll love to see the results.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger