I like to start a light painting workshop with a demonstration. I put the camera on a tripod, set it to 30 seconds, press the shutter and randomly wave some torches around. We then look at the resulting photo which seems much more impressive than the effort I put in. The lesson being, this stuff is basically very easy indeed. Of course like anything it gets harder the more you experiment with it, but creating light paintings is not much harder that panting with, well, paint.

It’s also a great way to learn about your camera. You cannot photograph in Auto here – it just won’t work. You have to go fully manual. Manual focus, manual exposure, manual ISO – everything has to be controlled by you so you need to figure out how to do that.

Pretty much everyone on these workshops was a beginner. No-one had done much night time tripod work before and many hadn’t ever turned their camera off Auto. Everyone produced a photo they were pleased with and some blew me away.

Our final Light Painting workshop of the season is next Tuesday 25th Feb in a warehouse space in Digbeth. (Unless we can find another large blackout room for cheap – hint hint!) It’s costs £30 which includes a whole range of torches, flashguns, lasers and LEDs. If you don’t have a tripod you can hire one for an extra £5.

Here’s a selection from the last two workshops from people who posted their photos online. Click through for more.

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by John Paddington


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by Fiona Holloway


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by Fiona Holloway


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by Jane George


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by Jane George


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by Pete Lewis


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by Pete Lewis


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by Pete Lewis


Remember, click through for much more!