01. Painting with light

Using a high powered torch, just like an artist you can actually use light to paint your scene! Karl takes you step by step through this fascinating process of turning night into day with simply stunning results. With star trails and light painting this technique takes a lot of setup, time and effort to create however I think we can agree that it’s well worth it looking at the results!


    1. Hi Rich, i’m not sure if I mentioned it either without watching the whole video, but I can tell you that given it is low light that I would probably only stop the aperture down to enough to get the depth of field i need or based on the amount of time I need to run around and paint the shot with light. F8 would be a good starting point as it is middle of the road for your first tests. Then check your DOF on the preview test shot and then see what shutter speed time that gives to run around painting. Depending on how much you have to paint then you may need more or less time. There are a number of variables including how much light there is from the moon, twilight etc that will all influence the result. I always take a few tests first to determine this.

  1. Hi Karl,
    As usually, very interesting and useful tutorial!
    Can you please share what brand / model / features (lumen/candle/light color) of power torches you have been using?
    Many thanks in advance!


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