Light Painting to Make Products Pop!

The more I learn about light painting, the more it intrigues me. Recently, I had the chance to learn how to light paint different set ups. I was taught to move the light source, which consisted of LED, handheld flashlights, to achieve beautiful shots of all the products. We used the creases and bends in fabrics and the natural shadows created by each product to enhance each shot.
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Because these type of shots have to be done in dark places, one thing that I had to get used to was changing my camera settings in the dark, which can prove difficult. Having a touch screen on my Canon 70D did make this a little nicer. I remained at a constant f/stop of f/8.0 and a shutter speed of 15″. A flash white balance created a warmer shot and a constant ISO of 100 ensured that each shot’s exposure would simply depend on how much light the flashlight produced.SydneyJolley-Product-LongExposure-LightPainting

The tricky part then became exposing the right areas the right amount. Too much light would overexpose certain parts of the set up and too little would render the picture too dark. It was a really interesting experience trying to balance the light.

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In post, I sharpened each shot, and added some dodge and burn to really enhance the shadows in the set ups. This allowed fabrics and flowing lines to pop more and create nice texture.

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Check out some more light painting tips by Dave Cross here!