Safety first! You’re spinning something that will be on fire around. Make sure that there are no flammable surfaces within range. Think of places made of concrete and brick and places over bodies of water. Make sure there are no people nearby. Also think about where you will be standing. You need to have swinging space, and also a couple of paces in every direction around you.
Jessica recommends getting to your location at sunset so you still have some light to help you get set up, and so you will be ready to go by last light.
Set up for your shot
Make sure that the camera is really secure on the tripod. Any movement at all will ruin the shot.
Now compose the shot and ensure everything on the tripod is locked down. Place an item, such as your whisk, where you plan on standing so you can focus on this point, then mark the spot.
Manual and Bulb settings
Set the camera to manual focus and ensure the focus is set correctly.
Set your camera to manual and/or Bulb mode. Set the ISO and Aperture for the effect you’re hoping to achieve. Take into consideration you will be shooting in low light or after dark. For more infor on manual camera settings see our other tutorial.
Jessica recommends ISO 100 and an aperture depending on your scene.
Connect your Triggertrap Mobile Kit.
Connect your intervalometer to your camera. If you're using Triggertrap Mobile, connect your kit from your phone to your camera and open the Triggertrap Mobile app.
Now open Star Trail mode. You’ll want at least 40 frames and an exposure of 8 to 15 seconds with the minimal interval time that your camera can manage (if you're unsure, try 1 second).
Attach your whisk to your rope.
Make sure that this connection is nice and secure so the whisk won’t go flying once you start spinning. Do a test spin to make sure everything is safe before trying this with wire wool.