August 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Decided to go out in the super humid and warm night and play a little with some Light Painting.

To do this you need a few things. 

  • Good Tripod
  • Camera that can do long exposures - ie 15-30 seconds at least
  • remote trigger release of some kind
  • light source(s) - flashlight, flash, glow sticks, etc.
  • willing participant(s) - sometimes its nice to have multiple people to help
  • a dark location - sometimes the darker the better
  • patience


My son and I went out to a closed road near a lake.  Got the tripod setup, used the flashlight and other lights to locate where to set him up, and to light him so I could get him in focus. We decided to try a "beam up" kind of thing, with him on his phone calling his spaceship to beam him up.

The process would be as follows:

  • Alex would stand as still as possible
  • I had the camera set to a 25 second exposure - iso 100 or so, f3 on the 35mm prime 
  • With a 2 second pause after i remotely fire the trigger
  • Fire the trigger, all lights off
  • Do a quick light on him to make sure he was lit from head to toe - basicly use the flashlight to light him up.
  • I had 2 flashlights - one was a very bright LED and the other was a strange little one that had 3 moveable head with lights.
  • Run around Alex in circles moving the lights from feet to head and above.
  • Check camera see what things looked like
    • mine had noise reduction on - helps a lot - and it takes a while to bring up the image
    • check the image, zoom in, see how in focus things are
  • try again 

Did this a few times - each time can take 5+ mins just to check and setup.  We tried several other shots as well (check them here).



No editing at all on this yet. you can see my ghosts in there, and its a little too bright and needs some more shadows, etc.
You can really see my head/face/glasses on the right next to Alex's head.



CLEANED UPCLEANED UPSome basic cleanup

Lots of playing in lightroom, darkening areas where my ghosts were, playing with the sliders for highlight, shadow, etc. trying to get it as clean as i could.



INITIAL BEAMINGINITIAL BEAMINGCleaned up, but not exactly what I was going for.

Cropped and a little more playing, and a little stamp brush in PS.


BEAMINGBEAMING#LightPainting #roco #clouds #startrek #beammeup #toocool @startrek

LOTS more here. 

  • Took a section from the zoomed out photo and added it to the bottom of this cropped section
  • faded it out and Alex's middle with it.  Giving it the look of him beaming out
  • used some brushes to keep his arm/elbow in solid
  • made a duplicate of the orig layer, took it into Topaz Glow added some neon to the lights
  • made another duplicate of the orig layer, took that one into Glow and used Fur and Feathers (25% or so) to give things a little more texture
  • blended them all back together, with a mask & brush
  • back to lightroom for some more highlight/shadow cleanup.

What do you think?  I love trying new things out, seeing how they come out, learning all the time!

Thanks for checking this out.  If you are interested in a shot like this of you let me know!







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