How To Throw Flour At A Model While Keeping the Studio Clean (Hint, by Cheating)

Feb 8, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How To Throw Flour At A Model While Keeping the Studio Clean (Hint, by Cheating)

Feb 8, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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You know those photos where you throw flour or pigments at models? I know you do, because we just featured some the other day. While those are a lot of fun to make, dealing with flour on the floor is definitely not an easy task. Benjamin von Wong who did this a few years back said it took a few hours to clean.

Well, we got smart and did it in Photoshop :) Not as fun, but definitely faster and easier and no post-shoot-cleaning. We used premade dust from out dust II package which has a large collection of high res dust

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The secret to using the dust files is to use Screen Blending mode for the dust layers so the “black” in the dust goes away and you are only left with hi-res flour texture.

I used three different dust files here, with the last one having some “punch” to it

Here is the link to get the new dust package (and the previous one if you want small clouds)

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6 responses to “How To Throw Flour At A Model While Keeping the Studio Clean (Hint, by Cheating)”

  1. RussFTL Avatar
    RussFTL

    plus flour can explode from a spark.

    1. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
      Gvido Mūrnieks

      As far as I know – happenens only with corn starch…

      1. Doug Sundseth Avatar
        Doug Sundseth

        Definitely not. Wheat flour, powdered sugar, pretty much anything that is finely divided and that can burn can explode when at the correct combustible mixture.

        See http://www.nclabor.com/osha/etta/indguide/ig43.pdf (for example) for more information.

  2. Jim Johnson Avatar
    Jim Johnson

    Yeah, but where’s the fun in that?

    I get that this is an ad for the dust pack and not to be take too seriously, but this kind of hit me the wrong way for two reasons:

    1. If you are not shooting something because you are worried your studio will be dirty, you have your priorities backwards. The studio is there to serve the photography, not the other way around.

    2. Often times, it’s the experience of what is happening that you capture. Sure, you have greater control doing it with a composite, but you missed the experience, and you certainly didn’t capture the experience in camera. Most of the time, that makes the final image kind of lifeless.

    I’m not against compositing or doing things in post, but this… it just seems like a silly, cheap imitation.

    1. Alexander DiMauro Avatar
      Alexander DiMauro

      There is one thing you are overlooking with your first point. Some of us don’t have our own studio and have to rent studio space on an hourly basis. Not owning the studio means making a huge mess would not be ok. The rules in the space I rent are very clear about dirt, glitter, etc. So, seeing a technique like this is potentially very valuable for some of us.

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    Patrick Shipstad

    Great tutorial and product.. thanks for posting! :-)