What is light painting?


Blog By: Sauvik Chatterjee

Though post-production in photography is necessary, various techniques can be used with the camera to give effects like you do in post-production. You could improve your skills with the camera and surprise yourself by implementing* those effects. Light painting is one of those techniques with which you could give your images a unique effect.

Defining Light Painting

Light Painting is a photography technique where the camera is left with long exposure and a handheld source of light is used. The source of light, which could be a glowstick, flashlight, or a phone, is moved around the frame to create unique streaks, colors, or flashes in the image. A unique element is added to the image and a certain object of interest could be highlighted easily.


A few tips for using Light Painting in Photography

Each lighting device would give a different type of light to your image. So, using the same device with the same type of light could give you monotonous images. Use different types of light sources to give each of your images a certain kind of uniqueness.

Dimmable light sources could help

Having the ability to tweak the intensity of light is essential during light painting photography sessions. So, keep a dimmable light source handy with you at all times to get the correct amount of light in your photos.

Be careful about the noise

Whenever you do long exposure shots you’ll have the risk of getting noise in your photos. You should always take time in using the light sources during the shoot. This small detail could make the image look good or bad.

Choose your flashlight wisely

Sometimes, you have to use light painting while clicking a scene that contains elusive details. Hotspots in flashlights could ruin the image. So, to prevent this you could use the perfect flashlight which might be expensive or you could tape your flashlight lens to prevent any hotspots. Although, in the case of normal light photography the hotspot won’t give you any trouble.

Take ambient light into consideration

While using your lighting peripheral also look out for other light sources like street lights or the moonlight. These lights could add a certain mood to your photos.


Every photographer wants their image to be unique and light painting does exactly that. Getting certain colours and lighting really adds a certain vibe to your images. You should start practicing and experimenting with light painting to make your photos look eccentric.


Blog By: Sauvik Chatterjee

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