Hey fellow photographer! I’m Michael Zelbel. I would like to share an idea with you for a photo which is posed simply on a white bed sheet on the floor. It’s illuminated just by a little speedlight, but looks much more sophisticated and posh. This is about a technique called Flash Painting. This is about opening your shutter for a couple of seconds and then firing a couple of flashes onto your subject for one single exposure. If you never tried this out then give it a go! It’s probably much more fun than you think. For that you need to pose your model in a way that she’s really stable. She’s not allowed to move during the exposure at all. You need a room which is really, really dark, pitch black dark. You need to have your camera on a tripod. The exposure values I used were ISO 320 and f/11. I focussed using autofocus as long as my lights were turned on then I switch to manual focus because I don’t want my camera to start hunting around for focus once I hit my shutter. The shutter time by the way is set to 10 seconds, which is an epic length for an exposure of one photo, but it’s just fine. I need a little speedlight to expose the image. I zoomed it to 105 millimeter. I even added a snoot in front of the flash head. It’s a Rogue grid, which focuses my light even more than just zooming to 105 millimeter. I fired my speedlight simply via the test button. In my case it triggers a flash of 1/32nd of power on my Mitros speedlight. For your speedlight try it out, find the right power/ISO combination for your exposure and do that actually before you photograph your model. Do yourself that favor. Ideally put your speedlight into a black sock so that you do not pollute your exposure with the display light of your speed light or the ready light. These lights actually show up on your image. Open your shutter for the 10 seconds and during that time fire five or six flashes onto your model from short distances like one foot or 30 centimeters. Make sure that one of your flashes is aimed nicely at her face, from a little bit above. Then check the resulting image. Look for blurriness, look if the model moved between the single flashes. Look for traces of light from your speedlight display, because every image that you create this way is pretty unique. But I feel the results are really interesting. As a variation have her standing at a wall, have her leaning at the wall stable so that she doesn’t move. This example is from a shooting for Good Light! Magazine. It’s from an article about wedding boudoir photography. So it is possible to create magazine quality images this way. Check out the full article in the magazine, it’s really worth reading. But in any case, grab a bedsheet, grab a speedlight and try this out. And for that, like always, I wish you good light!