There are several different ways to light your subject in photography. While light painting isn't a new or exclusive technique within automotive photography, it is a fundamental technique car photographers should understand how to use. If you are new to light painting or never used this technique to photograph a vehicle, you may have some questions on where to begin.
Automotive Photographer Sincrow with Automotive Light Painting has put together a few videos with information covering the basics of shooting a vehicle using light painting which shows his approach and style. In the video, he shows how he performs each pass with a constant light source to paint in the details of the ride. What's left out in the video is the base image, which is a crucial step especially if you are just starting out, but it's listed on the site as the first step. Also listed on the site is each pass broken out into separate video clips with a brief description if that helps you better understand the process.
If you are interested in shooting some automotive light painting shots to add to your portfolio but have no idea where to start, this is a great start to begin. Even if you have experience shooting this technique with cars, you can see how Sincrow achieves his style in light painting with this video which breaks out each pass out for you. What are some good tips you have for light painting vehicles?