56 — How to photograph smoke — Photography podcast

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #56 talks about how to pho­to­graph smoke. We dis­cuss pho­tograph­ing dif­fer­ent types of smoke includ­ing incense, out­door smoke and liq­uid nitro­gen. One note right away is that if you want to try this, it’s fun, but have patience. The incense image below took about 90 min­utes from setup to fin­ish­ing shoot­ing. If you want to try this your­self, here’s what I used for the shoot; Incense sticks, black back­ground, 1 portable off cam­era flash (with sync cord to fire it) a CUSTOM (smirk) home­made snoot made on the spot, from con­struc­tion paper that went on the portable flash to keep light off the back­ground and a reflec­tor (not essen­tial, but help­ful and you can use any­thing white). Thanks so much to Clusty for this awe­some suggestion!

Incense smoke by Marko Kulik

Monk in outdoor smoke - Image by Marko

Monk in out­door smoke — Image by Marko Kulik

Scary theme using Liquid Nitrogen - Image by Marko

Scary theme using Liq­uid Nitro­gen — Image by Marko Kulik

Links men­tioned in this pod­cast:
Post pro­cess­ing assign­ment forum
Octo­ber Assign­ment #2 — Halloween/Horror

Thanks as always to‚ Susan who posted a blog com­ment about our last pod­cast. Thanks also to Jlindy, Cap­tureev­er­more, mpykalo, lamar328, pho­to­cell, EJC, CB Photo and jcrys­tall who recently joined the photography.ca forum and posted a few times. We LOVE com­ments and sug­ges­tions so please send more.

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  1. untoro says:

    nice and i like your pho­tos :D

    untoro djogja

  2. Some fan­tas­tic images here, I espe­cially like the first image which I sup­pose would be the most sim­plest to repro­duce. Its amaz­ing the way the image cap­tures the light fil­ter­ing through the smoke.


  3. steve says:

    While the smoke is won­der­fully atmos­pheric in the sec­ond and third pho­tographs that first photo is really wonderful.Something as sim­ple as smoke and a tal­ented per­son behind the lens has given birth to a real work of art.

    Polaroid dvc 00725f

  4. Michael Warf says:

    I cre­ated a video tuto­r­ial on incense smoke pho­tog­ra­phy, check it out if you are interested.


  5. susan says:

    Awe­some pod­cast and I love the images that you shared to go with it!

  6. JD says:

    Came across your pod­casts when I was search­ing for a few tips on pho­tog­ra­phy, my lat­est and thus far seri­ous hobby, a cou­ple of days back. And I’m so impressed by them that I lis­tened to all the 56 episodes in the past three days! Really infor­ma­tive, and the best part is that I get to have all the infor­ma­tion here, at one place! Great work man!!
    And btw.. I’ve got myself a Pana­sonic Lumix FZ18, which though is not a dSLR, has man­ual con­trol of every­thing from focus, shut­ter speed, aper­ture etc. etc.. and I’m lovin it! But with all the dSLR talks going on around, I just feel a bit left out!! I’ve put some pics that I’ve clicked on http://latest-crush.blogspot.com . I’d be very pleased and encour­aged if you could check it out, and post in some comments.

    And very sorry to hear about your mom. Unfor­tu­nately in life, all good things have an end.

    Thanks and regards!
    Jaideep from singapore

  7. Clusty says:

    Thanks a bunch for the podcast.

  8. admin says:

    hey gatepc and jen — thanks so much for the comments!

  9. Steven K says:

    wow really good pod­cast :) I love your first pic­ture the pod­cast is very infor­ma­tive as usual :)

    my user name is : gatepc on your forum :)

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