Here’s a fun long exposure idea that is really simple and produces really cool results! Materials you’ll need: camera, tripod, METAL whisk (88 cents at walmart), 1-2″ piece of string or metal chain (or paracord in my case), a lighter, lastly, fine steel wool (00 should do the trick just fine, you can use more dense to lengthen the burn time if you’d like).
Step 1: find a location that is free from buildings, people, flammable materials, etc. you will flinging fire around in the air…
Step 2: expose your scene with a minimum shutter speed of 10 seconds
Step 3: place you person in the scene where you want them, compose the shot visually, then light them up with a flash light to get the focus dialed in, then switch back to manual focus
Step 4: once you feel ready, light the steel wool starting at the part that’s closest to the handle. you can spin the whisk around in different patterns/shapes, whatever you want and it’ll look cool! (keep your eyes peeled for flying embers!!)
Step 5: sit back and take the shot! (I would recommend putting the shutter on a 2 second timer so you don’t get any camera shake associated with pressing the shutter button)
[My camera settings: ISO 100, 20 sec, f8/10 depending on the ambient light of the scene.]