Light brush

Hi, everybody. my name is Anya, and I recently plunged into the wonderful world of photography.

So I decided to start writing a blog not as a professional, but as a novice who was struck by some special style or technique. Therefore, I think that my blog will also be more interesting to read for the same beginners as me.

Still Life Made By Light Brush

Today I want to tell you about a technique that has become a real discovery for me. Technique of light brush.

You can use it to create real artistic amazing photos. Its meaning is that when it is completely dark with a long shutter speed, you yourself consecrate the places in the image that you want with a flashlight. This way you can fully control the light and shadow on the photo. The main thing is not to Shine a flashlight into the lens itself, so that you do not get ugly streaks of light. Although someone manages to make them colorful.

Still Life with Fruit, painted light brush

Above, I gave examples of photos of authors that I liked. Now I will tell you a little about myself. To create them, I used a regular phone flashlight, on which I put a spool of thread to make a beam of light. The flashlight illuminated the main objects, but only briefly cast light on the others. It is worth remembering that dark objects should be consecrated longer than light ones.

Still life yellow tulips, tomatoes, black grapes and two oranges on a green background

You can also use this technique to highlight interesting black objects on a black background.

Black necklace on a black background

Or draw them around the outline. Here, the flute and parts of the case were separately illuminated, and then everything was brought together in photoshop.

Silver disassembled flute in an open case on a black background

That's it! Write in the comments if you like this technique and if you use it.

Photo credits: Anna Lomovtseva, Fotoskat, Kaprizka.

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March 24, 2020


I am glad that many people are interested in this technique. Throw off links to your uploaded works in this technique that you have turned out and I will add them to this blog.

March 21, 2020


Interesting technique - I have never tried it. But I will.  Thanks for an interesting article.

March 20, 2020


Thank you!

March 20, 2020


Great article! I tried this a few times back in the 1990 with film, but never really thought of trying it again with digital. 

March 19, 2020


Thank you for your feedback! It is really quite simple and every time you can get a unique image. A lot of freedom for creativity. You just need to remember that you need to focus even in the light. I usually focus, put on a long delayed shot, turn off the light and turn on the flashlight.

March 19, 2020


This is so clever that I have to try it out.  I would never in a million years thing to try a flashlight, and yet it's a very simple thing to try.  Thank you for sharing the idea and the great images!

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