Still Life Pasta: Long-Exposure Lighting Techniques

In this still life photography class, Karl demonstrates two simple light-painting techniques, ideal for home-studio shoots and photographers working with limited space.

Having arranged the pasta to his liking via a series of test shots, Karl begins light painting using a single speedlight, modified with a DIY snoot. He experiments with different exposure lengths and settings, adjusting the snoot and even adding in some basic reflectors as he pursues the perfect ‘ethereal glow’.

Next, he moves on to light painting with continuous LED light. Working to refine and improve his approach, Karl ultimately achieves a beautiful and atmospheric image, with soft shadows and delicate light.

This shoot will help you get creative in your still life and food photography, equipping you with a fun technique that you can apply to a whole host of subjects.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to shoot still life photography
  • Light painting photography techniques
  • Ideas for light painting
  • How to make your own lighting modifiers
  • Photography with fibre optic lighting
  • Still life photography for wall art

If you enjoy this class, be sure to check out the first installment in our pasta series, ‘Still Life Pasta: Simple One-Light Shoot’.

You may also be interested in classes such as Healthy Living Flat Lay Food Photography: Raw Vegetables and Still Life: ‘Natural Decay’.

Questions? Thoughts? Post them in the comments below.

© Karl Taylor


  1. Karl, absolutely brilliant. One of your best photos. Proper photography – drawing with light! Did you get this idea form Jonathan Knowles? He uses painting with light quite a lot.

  2. Hi Karl,

    Fantastic tutorial. I am going to give it a go.
    Have you heard of Harold Ross? He is into light painting old artifacts.



    1. Hi Jorge, I just had a look at Harold’s work, some fascinating stuff I especially like his light painting in the landscapes.

        1. tinkinson

          Great fan of Peter’s work, did a lot of work trying to replicate his pieces to practice my light techniques. Found Peter thanks to your reference list, so thank you again!

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