First attempts at smoke photography

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  1. Primoz

    Primoz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Today was my first time to shoot smoke. I'll try again during the weekend, but here are the first results:

    I took the tips from Gavin Hoey' s youtube channel. :thumbup:
    There are 6 pictures, as I cannot decide to narrow down my collection anymore.

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    2 This one has interesting colors. The majority of the smoke is blue, because it is lighted by a flashgun, but the left corners are more brown, as they have taken the colors of a thungsten light bulb, which was there to light up the smoke for the autofocus.
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    BTW: Except in the white-backgrounded images the colors of the smoke are not edited in software.
     
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    I like 2 and 6 the most, I like the volume of the smoke it seems to have.
     
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    I really like the 3-rd and the 4-th picture, did you modify them in Ps?
     
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    Interesting! Actually never thought about what it might take to shoot smoke before.
     
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    Yes, 3 and 4 are modified in ps with the inverse tool + colorize, but the otherones have just some cropping, exposure adjusments etc. done to them
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Can you explain your setup indepth? like how did you get this smoke? simply a match? or? thanks!
     
  8. Primoz

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    It's exactly like this: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2d281_HoEQ[/ame]

    (Black background, flash with cards remotely triggered of the side and an incense stick as a smoke source)

    I actually used the commander mode of my pop up flash in the D90 to trigger the SB600. To make sure, that any light would hit the background, I placed a black card in front of the pop-up flash and it still triggered the flash unit.

    In the next video is explained the post processing of smoke photos.

    Hope this replies your question.
     
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    Great video -- thanks for posting.
     

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