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Smoke Photography – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #28 – Smoke Photography

Try something different this week! How many of you have tried photographing smoke before? If you haven’t this is the week to try it.

It has been a very very long time since I purchased incense. But it just so happened that about 2 weeks ago we were shopping and Kat saw a row of incense at the store. She wanted to try the cinnamon, since they were only a dime each we bought a few of them.  This week when I was researching assignments and came across some amazing smoke photography, I thought I want to try that! And what do most folks use to keep a constant stream of smoke… incense! Lucky for me I had some on hand!

I shot in RAW and played with the white balance in Lightroom to get the blue effect!

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How to photograph smoke:

1. Incense seems to be popular, but I am sure if you had a candle and blew it out there would be some beautiful wisps of smoke.
2. Solid backdrop
3. light source to the side of the smoke and a reflector on the other side
4. camera on tripod
5. focus first, take lots of pictures

Below is my setup, pretty simple! When I did the shot my only light source was the lamp to the right.

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Here is a great video I found by PhotoGavin. He used a flash gun and a side light. A little different then the way I did it, but the point is you need a light source to the side facing the smoke, not your background. Experiment and see what you get!

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Next week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #29 – Nighttime Photography



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