How do you do: Light Painting

I would recommend to perform light-painting on one of your photographs. Light painting is the technique where you control the amount of light entering the camera which are emanating from an external source like a flashlight.

The major benefits is light painting is that you can add depth and control the shadows in ypur photographs. You control as well where in your scene the light must be pointed and what must be illuminated in your scene  that you have an photograph in which the foreground is perfectly exposed. If you do not use light painting thn your foreground will look black with no details, and if you overdo light painiting then everything comes out white, the trick is to practice to get te right amount of light.

1.1.1          Technique

I would suggest to carefully lighting the scene. You can do this by diffusing the light by standing far away from your subject, and flashing the light over the subject from different angles. Be careful of using too much or too little light. If you use too much light then your scene will be too white and harsh and when you use too little light your foreground scene will be too dark. Be careful of using too much light from the back of your camera as this will create a too harsh scene with too much light, but rather try and light your scene from the sides, and other angles.  Use matches as well to create a warmer feeling to your photograph, and do not stand too close to your subject, rather stand further away. Do not use a too bright light as this will easily cause overexposure. Be careful not to shine light from both sides as this will create fuzzy shadows. Use a white and red light for effects.

Direction
Painting Time
Keep Moving:
45 degrees to left OR right side do NOT shine light head on.
Paint no more than 10 seconds in 30 seconds photo.
Keep your lights moving like a paintbrush over the scene
Test Test Test
Indirect lighting:
Distance
Always take test photo and evaluate exposure
Shine through hand, matches or from sides. Bounce light off other surfaces
Not too close, around 10 meters behind scene
Don’t Overexpose
Not on Lens
Speed
Don’t shine the light source too long on your scene.
Don’t shine the light on your lens as this will cause flares.
Paint light slowly over scene (no longer than 2 second illumination at a time).

1.1.2          Light Painting Sources

Flashlight
Matches
Hand
You can use a torch to highlight your foreground landscape when you start taking your photograph.
Strike matches every 5-10 seconds in a 30 second photo to create a warm looking photo
Shine a light through your hand to diffuse some of the harsh light onto your scene

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