Get set up to paint with light

You don’t need masses of spe­cial­ist equip­ment to cre­ate bril­liant light paint­ings

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

01 Rock star

A land­mark acts as a fo­cal point, and helps to give your shot di­rec­tion. Make sure your fo­cal point is the bright­est thing in the scene.

02 Steady does it

With ex­po­sure times of 30 sec­onds or more, a sturdy tri­pod is vi­tal for cap­tur­ing ev­ery tex­ture and de­tail with pin-sharp clar­ity.

03 On the level

You may need to use a spirit level to en­sure a level hori­zon. To avoid noise, keep your ISO low and ex­tend your shut­ter speed.

04 Dif­fer­ent strokes

Think of your torch – and its beam of light – as a gi­ant brush that you can use to paint de­tail into the scene (see Step 05).

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