Taking Photos in the Dark with Indoor Light Painting
Light painting is probably one of the coolest, easiest, and hardest ways to explore how photography works with light. This is especially true when experimenting with indoor light painting.
Learning the Light Painting Basics
The basics of indoor light painting are fairly simple. Firstly, find something cool you want to take picture of. Secondly, place that cool thing in a dark place, possibly a bathroom or another room with no light. Thirdly, use a flashlight (or another direct form of light) to “paint” the parts of the picture you would want to see. Boom! You’re light painting! Although at the end of the day it is much more simple than that, it is also much more complicated.
Light Painting Ideas to Try! Fun with Lighting!
Once you get the hang of the basics with light painting, you can experiment with lots of different things! I the photo above, this used a penlight flashlight. Although we used light to paint the different columns of the elf house and illuminate the photo. We then used the more direct penlight to illuminate the windows to make it looks like the lights are on inside.
Now that you know how to do indoor light painting, find something cool and hop to it!
If you want to learn more, you can check out WEX Photo and Videos article about indoor light painting!
If you want to take your light painting skills to the outdoors, you can check out my article on Outdoor Long Exposure Photography!