If you like the subject, but not really happy about the light on the subject – use light painting.
This chapel is on my usual stroll route. I have passed it so many times, but never could get a good light on it. Finally I decided to create my own picture of this place and put the mood which was almost from the first time when I saw it. I would like to create a mystical filling.
Сomparison of long exposure photograph with the final result of artificial lighting you can see here:
I think the long exposure photograph (before) looks flat. Everything is equally lit. Glass gives a reflection and hides the beautiful statue inside of the chapel. Using light painting technology we can create a picture which we visualized. Here you see the chapel how I saw it in my head.
There are 2 kind of light painting: single frame with long exposure and composite.
The goal of first type is to get final photograph directly in camera. Such pictures used by medias which doesn’t allow photo manipulations, like National Geographic. Usually exposure starts from couple of minutes and so on. There are 2 types of light source could be used: continues and flash lights. Bare flash is used rarely. Usually it is covered by some light modifiers: gobo or/and greed. Main challenge during exposure is to prevent having a light source in the frame. This technology is complex and requires strong skills, planning and time, but it pays off by its value and experience.
The simpler method is a composite. Composite requires many shots with different parts of subject lit, then all the frames a composed in editor. I have used this method to create this picture. I have spent around 1 hour to get the right lighting on all parts and then used Photoshop to combine them. Totally I shot around 50 frames.