There a many different ways to photograph light trails and painting with light, the following tutorial is what worked for us at the Snapshots meet. You can also find this tutorial in the Red Door Creative Group you can also enter your awesome images in the Painting with Light Challenge.
There are two very different methods you can use when painting with light.
Painting portions of the subject with diffuse light Here you paint around your subject, or on your subject to expose desired parts (eg. Face), while ensuring that the torch faces away from the camera and directly towards the subject. You can get quite close to the subject for a more intense light, or move back for a softer light. This technique will give your object a beautiful glow.
Creating light trails In this technique you use th
There a many different ways to photograph smoke trails, the following tutorial is what worked for us at the Snapshots meet. You can also find this tutorial in the Red Door Creative Group you can also enter your awesome images in the Smoke Trails Challenge.
What you will need
Incense stick or cone to burn
Flash (off camera flash trigger if you have one, but it works with the on camera flash)
Something black to put the incense on
Matches or lighter
Once you have your equipment, set up your backdrop indoors somewhere where there will be no draft or breeze or any flow of air that will disrupt the smoke.
Get a table and place it at minimum a metre from the backdrop. Cover the table with a black cloth, sheet, paper (anything black) and place the incense in a hol