How to Use Light Painting in Product Photography

Light painting is a fun and interesting technique used by photographers to “paint” light into their photos. It can be achieved with flashlights, a softbox, reflectors, spot lights, or any other type of light source. While many photographers have attempted this phenomenal technique, very few have mastered it. To understand a little more about light painting and how it works, product photographer Adrien Veczan created this informative behind-the-scenes video on using light painting in product photography:

Photographing a reflective object is difficult, and in many cases, it requires lots of post production.

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Product Photo Captured Using the Traditional Lighting Format

In order to capture the product with each element at its best, photographers often require specific lighting for each component. For instance, to create the gradient look on the plastic cap of the bottle in this video, Veczan uses a small LED panel.

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Light Painting Product Photography

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Combining Light Painting Shots to Build a Product Photo

He captured the background using an entirely different shot, placing the light behind the bottle in order to see the light refracted through the glass and vodka.

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Light Painting a Backdrop

Light painting allows you to intentionally place every portion of your lighting and capture each element exactly how you want it. While it does allow the photographer total control over the light within the image, it changes how you spend your time working. Instead of spending time making changes in post processing, you end up with more time in the studio. But in the end it’s up to you and where you prefer to spend your time (in front of a camera or in front of the computer).

For further training on light painting: Trick Photography & Special Effects

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