Painting With Light in a Tabletop

It can be easy to “paint with light” outside at night when it’s dark. All you need is a few crazy lights and a little creativity. It can be a bit harder to paint inside. When you catch the light just right on a subject, you can show off different textures and angles.

Here are some of my examples of indoor tabletop light painting. I had a great time trying these skills out and learning new techniques. I want to use these skills in future projects.

Here is one of my favorite tabletop light painting pictures. The light only touches the parts that I think are important. You can see the old texture of the leather and the old baseballs.

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Here is a fun picture using different colored lights to “paint” on this old camera. This is actually two different pictures blended together to give different focus to different points on the camera. I wanted to choose exactly where the blue and red would be in the picture. So I decided to take two pictures instead of one.

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I would call this my first successful indoor light painting picture. I love how the light shines on different parts of the truck. I even went into photoshop and added some glow to the fake headlights to make it more lifelike.

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I love the way these bottles glow in this picture. To get this effect, I pointed the flashlight I was using down onto the bottles from above. I also added a little light from the backside to show off the colors a little better. I wanted to really show the texture of the blanket underneath these bottles in this light painting, so I held the flashlight really low to get some fun shadows on the folds.

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This picture was difficult to pull off. The face of the scale was so light that many attempts I had made it over-exposed. After many tries, I finally got the light how I wanted on the face and showed off the right parts of the vegetables.

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Make sure to check out Megan Kelly’s use of light painting. She is a great example to learn from.