Today I would like to inspire you to take your favorite subject and photograph it with painted light. Basically, make sure your subject is in the dark…the darker the better.  Then take an appropriate light source, for example all I needed for my orchids was a flashlight. And manually add the light to your subject.  If you’re out working on a landscape I suggest a more powerful light source.  A tripod is highly recommended and to focus on your subject manually prior to shooting in the dark.  You’ll have to play with your exposure so pay attention to your histogram.  What’s fun about this style of photographing is that you create the mood manually. I think this is such a beautiful way to light subjects.  I used black velvet behind these flowers but if you don’t have velvet  just put your subject in the middle of the room and black out the area.


Light painting flowers.

Light painting flowers.


Just an fyi…I’m glad I photographed these orchids. I recieved them from my son and his wife and they have already died 🙁 I can’t seem to keep orchids alive. If any of you have great tips I would love to hear from you. 🙂

Janice Sullivan

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