Using a Long Exposure to Paint With Light

In another post I talked briefly about using a long exposure in creative ways. Something unique to long exposure shots is the ability to manipulate the shot significantly while it is being taken. For example, you can add or remove subjects, add/remove/change light sources, or move your camera in creative ways. For this experiment, I tried something called “light painting.” This was made famous by a photographer named Dave Black (see his work here). With light painting you literally paint in the light in specific areas, while keeping others in shadow. It’s a really interesting way to light a scene!

Long Exposure Light Painting

Long Exposure Light Painting

Long Exposure Light Painting

Long Exposure Light PaintingLong Exposure Light Painting

Long Exposure Light Painting

For more help with this technique, check this out