Photographs made using advanced light painting techniques often look as if they’d require a crew of a dozen assistants to achieve. But some artists have developed creative methods for making these elaborate images single-handedly. Photographer Russell Brown creates complex light paintings on his own using a Westcott Ice Light, colored gels, textural patterns, and exposure stacking. In this video, he demonstrates how he used a soft box lighting technique and image blending in Photoshop to create a stunning image of the Charcoal Kilns in Death Valley, California:
Brown says he would have liked to create his image with a single exposure, but he appreciates the control he gains by using multiple light painting images. During his night in the desert, he took multiple images, painting a different portion of the scene with a Westcott Ice Light for each exposure. He saved seven images as smart objects in Photoshop and stacked them as separate layers to combine them for the final result.
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