GEAR SKILLS Beam with de­light

Want to add a spooky touch to shots of stat­ues and ceme­ter­ies? Siân Lewis il­lu­mi­nates the art of light paint­ing with her Nikon and a handy torch

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Dust off your flash­light, grab your Nikon and go search­ing for things that go bump in the night on cold dark evenings. We’re go­ing show you how to cap­ture stat­ues af­ter dark, with­out us­ing any harsh flash or fancy off-cam­era light­ing set up.

Light paint­ing is es­sen­tially us­ing a beam of light dur­ing a long ex­po­sure to ‘paint’ the sur­face of a sub­ject, leav­ing it il­lu­mi­nated in the fi­nal im­age. It’s a fun pho­to­graphic trick that you can get re­ally cre­ative with, and it’s easy to mas­ter in a few hours.

As a long ex­po­sure is es­sen­tial, a tri­pod is a must to keep your shots sharp, and a re­mote shut­ter re­lease is a big help against cam­era shake. You’ll need a sub­ject that will keep still for you, too. We used these very pa­tient stone an­gels at Arnos Vale ceme­tery in Bris­tol – but mon­u­ments, small build­ings, trees, and rock faces can all work re­ally well too.

You don’t need a spe­cific type of torch, any will do, al­though dif­fer­ent kinds will pro­duce dif­fer­ent ef­fects, and the more con­cen­trated the beam of light is, the more fo­cused your lines of ‘light paint’ will be.

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