Warning! Even though burning steel wool creates spectacular effects, it is dangerous and you need to take safety precautions for yourself and everything around you!!
The first video does a great job of giving you a brief rundown of how to take photographs of burning steel wool but I highly recommend that you also view the second video before trying out the technique. The second video goes into much greater depth about the process and the reasons for needing to be safe.
Crafting Reality: Painting with Light is an inspiring eBook by Eric Curry. The photographs in the eBook look like HDR images but they are created in quite a different way. Small sections of the subject are illuminated from different directions then merged together with Photoshop. Eric goes into detail about how to take the photographs and the settings to use in Photoshop.
Throughout his eBook, Eric emphasizes that you should think and plan your shots.
So often during my public presentations and coaching new photographers I advise them to think in terms of “concepts.” Do not just go out into the environment and photograph neat stuff you happen to see, but take the next step and envision an idea first, then try to create that vision you see in your mind’s eye.
This is good advice and Eric spends a lot of time telling you how to plan a photoshoot. He tells you what he does and why as well as which equipment he uses. Crafting Reality: Painting with Light is an extremely thorough how-to book and I highly recommend it.
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When taking night photography you should take the following into consideration:
A tripod is mandatory. Long exposures require for your camera to be a steady as possible.
Bring a jacket. It is amazing how chilly it can feel immediately after sundown.
Bring a towel. Condensation can begin to occur immediately after sundown. The towel can be used to separate yourself or your equipment from a slightly wet surface.
Bring an umbrella. You’ll be glad you did if it starts to rain. The photoshoot may be over but at least your equipment won’t be ruined.
Bring a flashlight. A flashlight can be used to see the dials on your camera, illuminate your subject (light painting), or to assist in focus by illuminating the subject or by putting the flashlight in the scene at the point where you want to focus.
Bring spare batteries for your camera or fully charge your camera battery. Night shots are long exposures and, if you turn on the settings in your camera to reduce noise, the processing time for each photograph will be as long as the exposure. Click to continue »
If your digital camera has Manual mode and manual focus, you can take successful night photographs your first try. The reason why is because you can see the results of setting changes on your LCD immediately. Start with these settings then alter your shutter speed as needed: Click to continue »
I recently came across an inspiring e-book by Evan Sharboneau that contains many examples of trick photography and special effects. I am really impressed. This is a 190 page e-book filled with impressive photos and how-to tips. The author is young but really knows his stuff. I highly recommend it. You also get a bonus e-book covering photography fundamentals, flashes, lenses, and Photoshop plugins as well as how to make money with photography. This guy obviously lives and breaths photography!
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