Smoke photography: a simple set-up for atmospheric still lifes

Smoke photography: a simple set-up for atmospheric still lifes

Step by step how to shoot smoke photography

 

Step by step how to shoot smoke photography: step 1

1 Light the smoke
To bring out the fine detail, we positioned the flashgun behind the smoke to backlight it. Then we made a simple snoot out of some rolled-up black paper and used it to stop the flash light falling onto the black background and into the lens.

 

Step by step how to shoot smoke photography: step 2

2 Light the subject
Next, we positioned another flash to the right of the camera position to light our subject from the side. Again, we used a simple paper snoot to direct the light straight onto the subject and keep the background pure black.

 

Step by step how to shoot smoke photography: step 3

3 Camera settings
When working with off-camera flash it’s best to shoot in Manual and set a shutter speed of around 1/125 sec to make sure that none of the ambient light is recorded. Then adjust the aperture to suit the output of the flash; in our case this was f/8.

PAGE 1: What you need to shoot smoke photography
PAGE 2: Step by step how to shoot smoke photography
PAGE 3: Smoke photography in practice & making adjustments in Photoshop

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