What's light painting? Per Wikipedia, light painting (aka light drawing or light graffiti) is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources. The latter is how I light paint; I hold the light source outside the frame and "paint" the subject with the light, manual exposure open the entire time. I hold the light longer over places I want to highlight/expose more and move quickly around areas I want to appear softer.  It's tricky, that's for sure!  Everyone's aware of how lighting is everything in photography; well, in this case, lighting can make or completely kill the image.  If you highlight the wrong areas, specially when taking portraits, you can have some alien-like faces! This is a pretty time-consuming technique not only when taking the pictures but you'll be surprised at how much light comes in a room even at nighttime. I still recommend it!  If you have questions, send me an email and I'll share some helpful tips. :P

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