Long Exposure and Light Painting

I never do enough long exposure photography. I’m not a big fan of packing my tripod everywhere with me, so if I have a slow shutter my images won’t be sharp. This project was a lot of fun for me. It was my first time doing light painting with long exposure, and it was a lot of fun.

I started by collecting some items to take long exposure shots of. I wanted things with lots of color that would create interesting shadows. I also to light paint some things that had interesting texture. Below you’ll see the picture where I was focusing on textures.

Canon has some really fun creatives ideas for light painting indoors. Check it out here.



I hung up the red blanket to block out more light. While I was light painting I had to focus the light on the background quite of bit to get it to show up the amount that it did.

I didn’t use the red background in all of my long exposure shots, only two. The image with the office supplies just had the grey curtains as a background. I liked how some light showed through in that particular image. The other long exposer images needed more separation from the background.

Next time I do long exposure light painting I want to try it outside. There’s some great tutorials on catpurelandscapes.com

My final image for this project is for sure my favorite. I used my most colorful kitchen supplies and vegetables for this shot. At this point I had my setting down pretty well so it only took a few shots to get the light painting just right. I love the way it turned out.