Light Painting with Long Exposure

Light and darkness are such interesting things. Before I really started to learn about photography I assumed you could only take pictures in the light, otherwise, you couldn’t see anything. Right? That is until I learned about long exposure and a technique called light painting.

Light Painting

Light painting is where you use some form of light in the dark to “paint” in photography. With a long shutter speed, the camera is able to capture more light as well as the movement of that light.

5 Examples of Light Painting

Here are five examples of light painting photography. These were all shot indoors at night in near pitch darkness. I illuminated the subjects with a flashlight and a reflector.

All-American Sports


Dairy Farm


Neon Bottles


Farm Fresh Food


Old Fashion Film