The best light paintings utilise dappled effects and soft sources. If you’ve only got access to bright torches, you could wrap them in translucent materials, like muslin cloth, to create the desired effect.
You may also encounter some photographers using fire or sparklers in their works, though it might be best to practice with less dangerous lighting yourself before moving on to ‘live’ lights. Just remember to adhere to local laws and restrictions and make sure you are shooting your photos in a wide, open area before transitioning into fire photography.
Wear the right clothing.
One light painting tip to always keep in mind is ensuring you or your models don’t stand out too much from the photo. You want to frame your models with an illuminated outline, not have your model be the main draw of the eye.
Stick to non-reflective and dark clothing when shooting your shots as brighter materials will draw the eye away from your created light effects.
Experiment with different angles.
Though front-facing shots can be impressive, experimenting with different angles can change the story and style of your photographs. Capturing an image from above, below or side on can really change the perception and emotion your audience may feel.
Shots from below can make a target appear stronger, larger or bolder. Conversely, shooting a model from above might have the opposite effect. Change your angles to add different textures and depth to your images.
Use red filter.
Taking care of your eyes is important. After all, they’re your most important photography tool. Keep your eyes acclimated to low-light settings when shooting at night by putting red filters and diffusers over all your key and test lights.