There are several ways of creating smoke for your photos and videos. Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter will show you how to make an awesome smoke effect for your photos and videos. It’s not always easy to control the smoke, no matter the way you make it. But Caleb’s method makes the smoke easy to distribute and control. What’s more, it’s cheap and requires only two props: baby nose sucker and hand-held vaporizer. Sounds bizarre, but it works like a charm.
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The photo above, as well as the photos below, were taken in camera, using knowledge and ingenuity. We reached out to Felix Alejandro Hernández Rodríguez to ask him how he made those:
Here is a technique I did not think I will ever be covering on the blog, using smoke bombs. In fact I did not even know that there is such a thing as smoke bombs until I stumbled on the photography of Jovana Rikalo.
Serbian photographer Jovana Rikalo uses smoke bombs to create some unexpected effects in her portraits. You see, some photographers like control in their photos, but Jovana prefers the random effect she gets from the way the smoke moves in the air.
I Asked Jovana about the hazards of using this technique and she says that she only shoots outside where the smoke quickly disperses.
There is an old song that says that no good story ever started with the words “No Good Story Ever Starts With Drinking Tea [Watch this link, it has some pretty explicit music]. Anyhow, I am not really sure if this is 100% accurate, but it definitely applies for my story today. I once drank a nice shot of Whiskey. Drinking Whiskey and smoking cigar. I kinda threw my head back and relaxed while enjoying the smoke swirling upwards. Ahhh…. What a nice swirl…… It was actually dancing its way up. I know that this is what incepted this ballerina photograph: [Read more…]
Controlling smoke always seems like a hard task to me. Between the wind, air temperate and evaporating nature of smoke it can get quite tricky. It also gets harder to control the bigger the setup is. And going outside does not make it any easier.
While we’ve featured some other ways to control smoke, like cooling it to make it heavy and stick to the ground or replacing it with flour altogether, there is always room for one more smoky trick. [Read more…]
Photographer Anick Morel takes a new twist on the old burning lightbulb photograph. Instead of photographing the bulb in profile, she places a glass above the broken bulb and photographs the smoke formations caused from hitting the glass.
To illustrate the process, here is a diagram that explains the setup: [Read more…]
If you ever incorporate smoke in your photography, you know it is pretty hard to control. You can use a bit of dry ice for small dosage of smoke, or use flour if you are willing to pick up the cleaning tab, but large shoots require something different.
The folks over the slanted lens have a video where they show how to make a chill box, which is essentially a device that cools the smoke down so it heavier and sticks to the ground. (Interestingly, this mechanism is very similar to the one found in beer taps at your local pub). [Read more…]