One of the new techniques I learned at the North House Folk School photography workshop was “light painting.” Each of the workshop participants picked a small object and positioned it on a black cloth background. Mine was this blue wooden container. We mounted our cameras on tripods and set them for a 30-second exposure. After framing the object and manually focusing on it, the lights were turned out and we were in total darkness. We started our 30-second exposure and each of us used a small flashlight to “paint” our object, moving around to light all sides of it. The result (after several tries) was a softly lighted, almost glowing photo. I was amazed that a small flashlight could produce such a stunning picture.