Recently Alex had a new post on Pixiq.com: Using light painting (lighting brush) technique in product photography. It’s not a new technique, we play with it almost 10 years ago, but I think this method is pretty spectacular and expressive.
At the same time working with a light brush is so very creative process that it’s hard to stop:-) You fill yourself like a painter:-) Look at the video below and you will see how the final image was created, stroke by stroke.
To create the image, in addition to the knowledge of light and the camera, you should know how to work with masks in Photoshop. I will not teach you the basics of how to work with masks, Google it and you’ll find many great tutorials. Knowing masking in Photoshop is a must for up-to-day photographer or digital artist, IMO.
This picture has 13 mask layers excluding adjustments layers. Below is the screen shot of my layers for your clearness.
Looks like a lot of work, but it’s not. This image took only about 20 minutes of my time and gave me such fun, I really enjoyed the process:-) Every mask add a new touch to the picture. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Here are the results. I can’t decide which one I like most. Help me! Which one do you prefer?
Have a fun with your light painting experiments:-)