Light painting is a form of dark art. As Brandon Yoshizawa explains, with the right tools and techniques it can create dramatic effects that can produce a visually stunning photograph
Light painting is a form of photography in which a light source is used in a dark setting to capture movement using a long exposure. Techniques can vary from hand holding a light source and free-hand drawing to using a string to spin the light around. In the case of steel wool, you will be working with the latter. Steel wool light painting isn’t a new technique, but it has regained popularity recently. With the right tools and techniques it can create dramatic effects that can produce a visually stunning photograph.
To get started there are a few pieces of material you will need:
Whisk: the cheap metal ones that you find at the corner store or online work the best; preferably the ones that have a loop on the end of the handle.
Cord: the actual length will vary based on how big of a circle you want to spin, but anywhere from 2-4 feet should be sufficient. Any item you can tether to your whisk such as a piece of rope or some paracord will work fine.
Swivel hook (optional): this is used to...
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