Painting with Light

A new technique I've been trying when photographing is 'painting with light', and this mini project was perfect for it. It involves a long exposure shot (4 seconds plus really) in the dark, and within the time of the exposure 'painting' the subject with a torch or other light source. It gives some really nice effects and gives you almost complete control over the lighting in the image.

Here are a few practice shots I took using this technique:

Creating atmosphere whilst 'painting'
By only highlighting certain areas and leaving others in shadow:

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