Light painting, painting with light, light drawing, or light art performance photography are terms that describe photographic techniques of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space, or to shine light at the camera to 'draw', or by moving the camera itself during exposure of light sources. Practiced since the 1880s, the technique is used for both scientific and artistic purposes, as well as in commercial photography.
What is Light Painting?
Light Painting Tools
There are many various lighting painting tools that can be used.
The limit is your imagination!
Below are just a couple that I have used.
White PVC pipe (that I drilled a few holes into) connected to a flashlight with a rubber universal connector. You can see the pipe actually reflects an orange color when lit with a regular flashlight and the drill holes create white streaks.
Actual tool at work below. The additional star burst is simply turning on a quick flash of the flash light pointed towards the camera.
The light saber (or sword) with green handle gets connected with a flashlight and a rubber universal connector to make green light sword movements. This light saber tool was purchased from Light Painting Brushes and I highly recommend their tools to get started.
Image below is using a green light saber and orange light saber drawing a tulip then the sun streak on the side is using the white PVC pipe that I mentioned above.