What to Avoid When Doing Light Painting


For some of us light painting could make our eyes stop blinking. Also, it can push our creative intuition to the edge. But, there are several that I would consider as mistakes when doing it. As a result, there are only tired and weird pictures, that had many annoying element on its. So based on my shots here goes things that you need to avoid while doing light painting.

1. Avoid overexposure; don’t use wide apertures or use high ASA films, because basically, what we will do is long exposure.

2. Make sure there is no light source directed to your lenses, or it will cause flare.

3. Make sure that the light painter does not stay in the frame or is not situated close to the light (otherwise, the light painter will appear ghost-like).

4. Make sure your model or subject does not move, unless you have intention to make them move.

That’s a wrap from me! If nothing goes wrong during the light painting shoot, your photos are supposed to look like this, nice long exposure:

5. Dont mind my warning, and just have fun!

written by reiga on 2012-07-16 #gear #tutorials #analogue #long-exposure #tutorial #light-painting #mistakes #tipster #lomography #light-graffiti #handicraft


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Brilliant : )

  2. deja-mew
    deja-mew ·

    WOW. great photos, even the ones you would consider "wrong." Great tips, though!

  3. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  4. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    very good

  5. mightymouse
    mightymouse ·

    I always have trouble showing up in the shots. Ive been working on a light stencil to take care of that problem.

  6. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    cool tips!

  7. jc_lomoid
    jc_lomoid ·

    hasil moto-moto tadi,ya,mas?
    Btw, sori loh ya gak merespon ajakan mas tadi. Repot keneh. ^^

  8. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    yeah great tips

  9. dearjme
    dearjme ·


  10. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    tips yang ke 5 paling kena di hati, mas =D

  11. mensa
    mensa ·

    i love how your photos have all the stuff you say they shouldn't and i still think they are amazing!

  12. reminator
    reminator ·

    Amazing photos! But perfecting the pictures to what you want it to be is even better, perfectionism makes the artist.

  13. mtiffany
    mtiffany ·

    mistakes are beautiful. valuable tips

  14. reiga
    reiga ·

    @mtiffany @reminator @mensa @hervinsyah @dearjme @kylethefrench @jc_lomoid @guanatos @life_on_mars @mightymouse @eva_eva @deja-mew @stouf : thank you all, looking forward for your light painting work! keep the light up! cheers!

  15. reiga
    reiga ·

    Thank you for the countless likes! looking forward light painting of your works also!

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    electricday ·


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