This cool photo effect creates adds a spooky mist to night portraits

EL wire special effects
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Want to shoot ghostly portraits with your camera? This chilling photographic effect might look complicated, but it’s very easy and inexpensive. All you need is a tripod, a remote shutter release and electroluminescent (EL) wire for spectacular results. 

EL wire is a photography craft favorite. It’s made of thin copper that’s coated in phosphor, giving it a neon glow. It’s available cheaply in many different colors from specialist sites that cater for those wanting to customize cars, or to decorate night clubs. The beauty is that unlike other light sources, it illuminates evenly across its surface - allowing you to move it through a scene during a long exposure to create a mist-like effect in the image.

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