Painting With Light

While Charlotte and I are known mainly for photographing people, we also love shooting landscapes and architecture. A passion for both of us in checking out abandoned buildings, so recently we thought we’d do some painting with light while we were at it.

What’s painting with light you ask? It’s essentially what it sounds like… You photograph a dark scene with a long exposure and use torches or flashes to light the photograph one area at a time. The really cool part of this process is how the various light sources have different colours and affect the photo in different ways… The blues are from a camera flash, the yellows from a video light and the red tinted light is from a head lamp!

The photo above is on the ground floor of the building and the one below is half way up the fire escape.The tech specs for the shots are all slightly different, but if you feel like trying something similar, start at 100 ISO, F11 for 30 seconds and go from there ๐Ÿ™‚

This final photo is my favourite of the set… I love the way the sky holds the orange tones of the city’s street lights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the photos – I’m looking forward to trying some of these techniques in upcoming shoots ๐Ÿ˜‰