Should smoke bomb photography be banned?

Should smoke bomb photography be banned?
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Smoke bomb photography has become pretty popular over the past decade, with lots of photographers incorporating the effect into their work. However, as a niche idea grows more popular, so do the risks. Smoke bombs have gone from being used mainly by photographers and paintball enthusiasts to making regular appearances in 'gender reveal' parties.

This is where expecting parents will reveal their unborn baby's gender through unveiling an object that's either pink or blue. Popular items have included cupcakes, balloons and confetti poppers. However, smoke bombs have also become a mainstay of the gender reveal party – and it's becoming a problem.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.