19. Star trails and light painting

Karl is at the south west tip of Cornwall for this shoot at some historical tin mines for a lovely night time shot with a bit of light painting. This sort of long exposure shot takes a lot of testing (as well as frantic running with a torch!) but is completely worth it as the resulting shots are simply fantastic.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Hi karl,
    How do you estimate the exposure time of the background and the time when the High Power Torch hits the house?I seem to see,You went to see the camera During the period of shooting。

    1. Hi Wei, I do a test shot to work out the background exposure. The amount of light painting needed is just a gut feeling an experience and takes some experimentation, I don’t get it right every time.

  2. Stunning location Karl and the painting with light such a good tip.
    **After spending lots of time in this area I strongly suggest doing reconnaissance in daylight if shooting near the old mine buildings. Most mines are located near the cliffs due to the mines actually being out under the sea. Plan your route in daylight. Slips and trips are easily done in daylight let alone night time and the cliffs quite often staggered into the land. So please don’t walk off a cliff folks!

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