Last night, I took photos of our Christmas tree lights and played with slow shutter speeds to create light trails. For years, I've enjoyed setting a long shutter speed and moving the camera around, producing images similar to the ones below. This morning while in photoshop changing colors on the images I took last night, I started wondering if there were more advanced ways to paint with light than simply time exposing moving lights such as cars, or moving the camera around like I do. I did a quick search and found this incredible tutorial. I'm going to go get a mini flashlight today and try this type of light painting. I wonder if Tulla will hold still long enough for me to paint her with light :-)
To create the images below, I tested to find an exposure that would show the light trails, then simply moved the camera around while the shutter was open. I used a 100 mm lens and these settings:
Shutter Speed 4 seconds
In Photoshop, I inverted them, duplicated the layers a couple times, and applied different blending modes to each layer.