Step by step how to shoot smoke photography
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.
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.
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.