1st attempt @ smoke (C&C Please)

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    Do you mind if I ask what your settings were? In the first image there is a bit of noise evident, and that's common for smoke pics. I would suggest starting with an ISO of 100 if possible, and make sure to expose them properly. Use a snooted flash to control the intensity and direction of the flash if you can.
     
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    I kind of like #1. They are kind of noisy, but great for your first try! :thumbsup:
     
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    Clawed... The ISO was 1600. I knew there would be a fair amount of noise. I do not have strobes yet, so I'm using hot lights at the moment (a 300w for this shot). Since this was my first attempt, I now know to go bigger next time. Any other comments or suggestions? Thank you.
     
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    Actually, not too bad for 1600 ISO. I like the first, but how did you control the flow of smoke? I would suggest using a spoon over the smoke to see what kind of interesting patterns you can get. It's all about trial and error here since smoke can be so unpredictable.
     
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    Also, you may try adding other elements to your smoke shots to make them really stand out. For example, I took this during my first smoke shoot, after taking way too many shots that all began to look the same after a while:

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    And, hey, if you are a smoker, why not try to get in the frame yourself for what could turn out to be a great self-portrait?
     

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