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Painting with Light by JanLeonardo Woellert, Joerg Miedza

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Initial Considerations

First and foremost, a light art photographer needs to know how to use an SLR camera in low light and nighttime situations. This is the basis for the rest of the process, which requires creativity, imagination, and a whole bunch of fresh ideas to create the individual light elements in an image. Experience and experimentation are the basis for new ideas, and the effectiveness of some light elements is only obvious once you try them out. For example, the layering and transparency effects of a light trail that you paint outward from the center of the frame has a completely different effect than one that moves from the edges of the frame toward the center.

The most important tool of all is the photographer’s eye. Your eyes ...

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