How to Take the Best Indoor Light Painting Photos

Photography can be considered painting with light, but you don’t really see it. With this technique, you will feel like you are literary panting with light. First, get all your props ready. You want to organize and decorate what’s gonna be in your shot and have an idea of what shot and frame you will want.

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Once you have an idea of what shot you want for your indoor light painting project and have organized your props, the second thing you need is to know your camera settings. the lower the ISO the better for this light painting project, so set your ISO at 100. Also, you will need a long exposure to have enough time to do the painting process, so set the shutter speed to 15″. The aperture will depend on the light power you will use, so it’ll need a bit of trial and error on your part, but you can start with somewhere around f/8.

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The third step in your indoor light painting project is to make sure you’re in complete darkness. Because you will be using a long shutter speed, the sensor will catch any light that would be bouncing around, so you want to make sure there is none that would interfere with the light painting.

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You’re almost ready for your indoor light painting project. The fourth step is the light painting itself. Use controlled light like an LED pocket light or a small flash light. What you want to do is start the exposure by pressing the shutter button (make sure the camera is in a steady tripod), use the light to quickly illuminate the parts of the scene that you want to show. Make sure you point the light away from the lens, otherwise you will get light trails. Move the light around the subject you want to illuminate and turn it off when you’re done. Once the 15″ pass, check the results and repeat if you need. If the photo is too bright, use a softer light or close the aperture. If the photo is to dark, take more time to do the painting or open the aperture one stop at a time until you have found your right exposure.

Check this images to find inspiration for your indoor light painting project. All of them were taken using the steps mentioned above.

Carlos Bolivar - Light Painting Technique - Boxing Gloves

Carlos Bolivar - Light Painting Technique - Blue bottle

Carlos Bolivar - Light Painting Technique - Hat

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Carlos Bolivar - Light Painting Technique - Boxing gloves and fire

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Light Painting Blog also have some other cool ideas you might want to try.

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How to Indoor Light Paint

 

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