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Light Painting

with Tim Cooper

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About The Class

Use light to make your night photography stand out


Shooting at night can create dynamic landscapes or portraits through long exposures. By using a wide range of tools, you can add light into your night photographs to create dynamic highlights or unique shapes. Painting with light opens a door into night photography that will keep you out until the wee hours of morning. Tim Cooper is the author of The Magic of Painting with Light and in this course you’ll learn:

  • The basics of light painting from accessories to camera considerations 
  • How to use test shots to capture your focus and exposure in the dark 
  • How to post process your night images in Lightroom 
  • How to use layer stacking in Photoshop to build up light in your photographs  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction: What is Light Painting?

    06:02
  2. 02

    Camera Considerations

    29:57
  3. 03

    Camera Settings and Initial Exposures

    22:12
  4. 04

    Light Painting Accessories

    09:32
  5. 05

    The Color of Light

    10:43
  6. 06

    Focusing in the Dark

    24:38
  7. 07

    Light Painting Techniques

    28:33
  8. 08

    Light Painting Techniques: On Location

    24:42
  9. 09

    Lightroom: Basic Panel

    29:32
  10. 10

    Lightroom: Presence Panel Adjustments

    10:42
  11. 11

    Lightroom: Hue, Saturation, Luminance

    07:50
  12. 12

    Lightroom: Local Adjustments

    27:56
  13. 13

    From Lightroom to Photoshop

    18:17
  14. 14

    Photoshop: Lighten Blending Mode

    07:02
  15. 15

    Photoshop: Star Stacking

    05:42
  16. 16

    Photoshop: Layer Opacity

    05:53
  17. 17

    Photoshop: Selection and Masks

    13:36
  18. 18

    Photoshop: Mask Adjustments

    09:51
  19. 19

    Night Photos: Call for Submissions

    00:54
  20. 20

    What You Get With This Class

    01:12

Meet Your Expert

Tim Cooper

Originally from New Jersey, Tim was an electrician before moving to Montana in 1991 to discover his love of photography. After attending night classes at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, the passion was born and he attended the Summer Intensive Program the following ... read more

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  • DiDi Hendley

    DiDi Hendley

    September 2016

    The BEST class ever! Learned so much--Tim is a great instructor. I highly recommend to the creative photog looking to expand his/her arsenal of tools, talents and products. Appreciated the patience and thoroughness that Tim offered students. Great pacing and information. I can see how I can very easily take his instruction out at night and produce something. I also appreciate that this session demonstrated images that weren't created in total darkness.

  • Gene Chamberlin

    September 2016

    Tim is an outstanding teacher - I love his style, thorough and basic without being too elementary or condescending. I will be looking for other classes by Tim in the future. I'm am excited to apply the things I have learned from Tim and create my own style from the tools he has given. I never would have give much thought to light painting in the past. I have already notice a change in the way I scout my shots, now that I have added light painting into my tool box. Thanks for sharing your experience with the world Tim. Gene

  • Andrew Gow

    Andrew Gow

    January 2018

    Really enjoyable course. Clear instruction and surprisingly easy to put what I learnt into practice, which I did for the first time last night. This is also my first exposure to Photoshop, which initially put me off buying the course. However, Tim is a great instructor and explains his approach very clearly, so as well as an introduction to light painting it's a great introduction to what Photoshop can do.

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