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Lighting Up The Night

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.

Materials
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...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 58 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Brandon Yoshizawa

Brandon is an outdoor enthusiast who loves photographing landscapes, cityscapes and wildlife. Capturing photos around the world allows him to not only share the beauty of nature with others, but also to create and document memories.

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