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Light Painting

via CreativeLive


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Shooting at night can create dynamic landscapes or portraits through long exposures. By using a wide range of tools, you can add light to your night photographs to create dynamic highlights or unique shapes. Painting with light opens a door into night photography that will keep you out until the wee hours of the morning. Tim Cooper is the author of The Magic of Painting with Light and in this course, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of light painting from accessories to camera considerations 
  • How to use test shots to capture your focus and exposure in the dark 
  • How to post-process your night images in Lightroom 
  • How to use layer stacking in Photoshop to build up light in your photographs  


  • Class Introduction: What is Light Painting?
  • Camera Considerations
  • Camera Settings and Initial Exposures
  • Light Painting Accessories
  • The Color of Light
  • Focusing in the Dark
  • Light Painting Techniques
  • Light Painting Techniques: On Location
  • Lightroom: Basic Panel
  • Lightroom: Presence Panel Adjustments
  • Lightroom: Hue, Saturation, Luminance
  • Lightroom: Local Adjustments
  • From Lightroom to Photoshop
  • Photoshop: Lighten Blending Mode
  • Photoshop: Star Stacking
  • Photoshop: Layer Opacity
  • Photoshop: Selection and Masks
  • Photoshop: Mask Adjustments
  • What You Get With This Class

Taught by

Tim Cooper

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