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.


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.


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.


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