Things to do at Home: Smokin’!

It’s been snowing recently (did you notice?!) and I’ve not managed to get out with my camera, so yesterday I looked up some things to do indoors with my camera. I stumbled across smoke photography and thought I’d give it a go.

It took a bit of setting up, I’ll try not to bore with too many details!

I got a black box as a background and a small box to put a candle on (apparently it works better with incense – constant smoke). Then I positioned the remote flash to the right of the candle, facing into the smoke stream. To stop any light hitting the background I used a piece of card to deflect the light away. All that remained was to focus the camera on the candle, blow out the candle and fire the shutter! Because I used a candle, I had to keep relighting and blowing it out to get smoke. Next time ill have to get some incense sticks!

Here’s my initial focusing shot, looking good so far…

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Now to start with the smoke…

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Part way through I moved the candle to the right as the smoke was drifting to the left and I was missing it a bit.

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I really enjoyed this shoot, I learned a bit more about flash photography and got to play with fire, which is always fun! Definitely recommended! (Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for injuries if you try this! 😛 )

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