Steel Wool and USB Light Graffiti Rig

Mears using his USB Light Graffiti Rig

If you want to create light graffiti, one of the most spectacular things you can do is create a flaming circle, or even an orb. Though these shots may look difficult, with the right equipment it’s not really that hard – just swing a light and/or steel wool around during a long exposure photograph.

But how to make your rig? Dale Mears wrote in with his solution, seen in the pictures below, and in his following explanation:

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RollPro Mini by Riseful Review

If you’ve read more than a couple articles here, you know that I’m a big fan of GoPro stuff. For better or worse, after you buy a camera, you tend to start accumulating small gadgets that go with it. Although fine in itself, these batteries, remote controls, second or third camera, and various mounts tend to lack a good storage place.

You could get a hard storage case (like this excellent model from Pelican—Amazon), but since GoPros are built to be abused, and many are waterproof anyway, that may be overkill. A bag would work, but do you really want everything flopping around in there? Filling the gap is the RollPro Mini. (also available on Amazon) It has space for a few cameras in small pouches, as well as small accessories in its zippered pockets. Roll it up, and everything is held securely, ready to be unfurled at a moment’s notice.

I’ve got a bit more to say, but below is my review in video form. Also, if you decide to buy one, you can use the code “DIYTRIPODS” at checkout on Riseful’s site for a 10% discount.

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Automatic Light Graffiti Laser Fixture Development

automatic light graffiti fixtureLight Graffiti is an art form that I’m a big fan of, and that’s been discussed here numerous times. If you’ve been following my work for quite a while, you might recognize the setup seen above, where a laser is mounted on a pan/tilt assembly. This laser is then moved and turned on and off in sequence to draw the simple image shown on a computer screen.

Unless you’ve been following my projects for quite a while, the sequence of events that led me to this contraption wouldn’t be easy to understand. To help explain everything, here’s my automatic light graffiti video. It takes you from the very basics of my light graffiti journey to a device that can draw an image by itself.

As neat as that is, these techniques, I think could be taken much further. Perhaps painting an entire building would be possible with the right laser setup, or maybe it could be combined with some other experimental camera setup. Who knows?

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