Not all photography how-tos have to come from photography websites or YouTube photography channels. This video that addresses basic light-painting of a car comes to us from an automobile YouTube channel. If you are new to light-painting or want to give it a try, this video provides an excellent introduction.
Light-painting automobiles isn’t new, and many terrific examples can be easily found with a simple search. What I like about this video from AMMO NYC and photographer Mike D’Ambrosio is how simple they keep the process so that beginners with a basic understanding of photography can follow along. It’s obvious the video is targeted at automobile lovers who may also be interested in photography. But that doesn’t mean Fstoppers’ readers can’t enjoy this video and perhaps learn something. It’s refreshing to see a how-to video that doesn’t stress the need for expensive camera gear or lighting. Use a basic camera that permits the photographer to control the exposure, a light, and a tripod, and some interesting images can be created.
I typically don’t do a lot of light-painting myself, but I have used it from time to time. It’s a great tool to have in the photography tool bag, especially when a shoot unexpectedly needs lighting that you weren’t planning for. Don’t have any speed lights or strobes with you? Just find almost any portable light source, and start painting away. I’ve even seen people use their cellphones as light sources.