Painting with light

In this tutorial you will learn how best to subtly integrate light and colour into a photograph. The goal when adding light digitally to any photo should be the same - to make it look convincing; as if it were actually there when the photo was taken. Here you'll learn how to achieve this effect by adding light and making it not only project from the source, but also to affect the objects that surround it.

The inspiration for this image comes from a photograph taken of Picasso in 1924. Picasso was photographed 'painting' a quick sketch in mid-air in a darkened room with a torch, and the image was composited with a shot of Pablo in a studio to create the effect of painting with light.

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