In this light painting photography tutorial created by Jason D. Page you will learn the basics of how to create a fire effect using steel wool. You can ignite the steel wool using a lighter or a 9V battery, as the charge of the battery passes through the fine steel wool it will ignite. It is best to use the finest grade steel wool you can find as this will give you more sparks in your images.
Creating images using Steel Wool can be awesome but it can also be very dangerous for all involved. I joke around in the video tutorial but in all seriousness I/we do not recommend using Steel Wool in your Light Painting Photography unless you take all the necessary safety precautions to keep yourself, those around you, and the property you are shooting on safe. Please be careful when you are shooting with burning hot metal as a light source!
Here is a list of the stuff I use:
Wire Whisk, get the one with the metal ring on the handle works perfect to hold the steel wool and also clips to the leash.
Metal Dog Leash This is the best thing to clip onto your whisk to spin it around.
Fine Grade Steel Wool You want the fine grade stuff 0000.
9 Volt Battery, Light it on fire.
Safety Goggles, Protect your eyes!
Fire Resistant Gloves, Protect your hands to keep spinning, you will get blisters quick if you don’t…
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