Whats an advantage for using powdered magnesium for flash photography instead of magnesium ribbon?

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The powder burns much faster than the ribbon, providing a quick bright flash. The ribbon would burn more slowly, providing a longer lasting light but not as bright.

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Why is it important to clean a magnesium ribbon before using it?

It's important to clean it, in order to remove the dark layers of carbonate and sulphate which have been formed on the ribbon because of the reaction of Mg with CO2 and SO2. T

How is magnesium used in photography?

The magnesium powder is used as a source of illumination for the photo. Just for the older cameras, the ones we have today use lights not the magnesium powder.

What can you use instead of magnesium ribbon?

i use sparklers as they contain metal fuels such as magnesium, titanium as well as others which mean they at the right temps for a high temp ignitions. Ribbon is not very st

Can magnesium be powder?

Yes. You must be very careful with powdered magnesium as it isflammable and burns bright enough to damage your eyes.