The Beauty of Light Painting

Learning a new skill can be incredibly enlightening. This was especially evident when I tried my hand at long exposure light painting for the first time. Before beginning I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but after spending a little time playing around with different light bars, flashes, and other make-shift lighting equipment, I found it to be fun and exciting. Each different source of light, whether it be continuous or flash, requires different kinds of settings which, let me tell you, can get hard to get used to.


Depending on how long the long exposure light painting took, I had to change the shutter speed to compensate. I ranged from 2 second to 15 seconds in order to get the desired result. Additionally, the f/stop and the ISO were changed in order to get the kind of shot I was looking for. The f/stop usually ranged between f/4 and f/13 with the ISO changing more drastically from 100 to 1600. The lower ISO usually was used with more powerful light such as the brighter light bars, while the 1600 ISO was used in the darker situations.


All in all, the results after learning the basics of what the camera settings should be when doing long exposure light painting turned into an enjoyable experience where I could just have a lot of fun and be super creative in the kind of shot I wanted to produce.

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Check out beautiful long exposure light painting by Channing Rose here!