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How to Create a Simple DIY Smoke Effect for Product Shots

This short DIY tutorial by Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter shows you how to create a great smoke effect for your product shots or B-roll footage—no fancy smoke machine required.

Smoke is an intriguing component of photography, but it’s difficult to produce conveniently and photograph correctly. The direction and thickness of the smoke is never fully under your control and that makes photographing it a challenge. Fortunately, this little DIY technique helps you reign that pesky smoke in.

To do this at home, you’ll need a simple bulb syringe and a smoke-creating vape device made up of a battery and a tank. In Caleb’s case, he used an Eleaf iStick 50W battery attached to a Nautilus Atlantis tank, that he then filled with some kind of vaping liquid.

(Note: Caleb does NOT use liquid that contains nicotine. Nobody is encouraging smoking. Everyone’s lungs are okay. No baby seals were hurt in the making of this video.)

From that point on it’s pretty simple. You press a button on the vaping device to create the vapor, use the bulb syringe to draw it out (sparing your lungs in the process) and then apply that smoke wherever you might need it.

This simple setup is a great way to create and disperse small amounts of smoke exactly where you want it. It’s particularly useful where a big smoke machine would be overkill, filling up the room and ruining your images.

To see the simple idea in action, check out the video above. And if you like this simple tutorial, head over to the DSLR Video Shooter channel for more like it.

(via ISO 1200)

Photographer Snaps Meteor Leaving a ‘Z’ in the Sky


A couple of nights ago, Hawick, UK-based photographer Sam Cornwell spent some time in the great outdoors taking pictures of the April Lyrids meteor shower that happens from April 16 to April 26 of each year. Just as he was about to call it quits and return home without a keeper, Cornwell captured the above photo of a huge “fireball” streaking across the night sky.

After returning home and taking a closer look at the burst of frames he shot, Cornwell noticed that the meteor had left a “wicked smoke trail” in the sky in the shape of an expanding (then disappearing) ‘Z.’ He strung the frames together into an animated GIF, and here’s what it looks like:

“Looks a bit like the mark of Zorro dontchafink?,” Cornwell writes.

Image credits: Photographs by Sam Cornwell and used with permission

Photographer Bends Flames to His Will in ‘Smoke & Fire’ Photo Series


San Francisco-based photographer Rob Prideaux spends most of his time taking product shots and still-lifes for companies such as Google and Wells Fargo. His recent Smoke & Fire series, therefore, is a pretty big departure from the norm.

The idea for the series came to him while browsing the Internet for a “decent” shot of fire on a white background as a reference for a project he was working on. He couldn’t find anything, and so he set out to create something great himself.

Outside of his Berkeley studio, Prideaux has gotten in the habit of lighting stuff on fire and photographing it as it burns, as well as forcing flames into interesting shapes using stencils. With the exception of a tiny bit of retouching in post (just to clean up the images) everything you see here appeared this way in real life.

“It’s a quest to shape one of the more uncontrollable phenomena in nature,” writes Prideaux on his blog. “Yes, yes, CGI, illustration, I know. Dull. Not right. This is much more exciting … and a little malevolent.”








Speaking with PDN, Prideaux explained that he takes the photos on the loading dock at his studio in Berkeley, CA, using small amounts of gas.

“People get all uncomfortable once you mention gasoline explosions. However, the volume of fuel I’m using is in the millilitres,” says Prideaux. “I guess without more explanation people imagine the kind of stuff you see in action movies. Which would be awesome, don’t get me wrong.”

Here are a few behind the scenes photos of his set-ups for some of the photos above:





One thing we would like everyone to notice is the fire extinguisher visible in the second to last shot. These pictures are awesome, all the more so because they’re made with real fire and not CGI, but safety always comes first.

To see more from Prideaux’s Smoke & Fire series, including more behind-the-scenes tidbits, head over to his blog by clicking here. And if you’d like to browse through the rest of his portfolio, be sure to pay his website a visit.

(via Fstoppers)

Image credits: Photographs by Rob Prideaux and used with permission.

Light Painting Smoke Effects Tutorial

There’s no end to the fun and creativity you can pour into a great light painting session. And the more techniques you have in your photographer’s utility belt the more interesting and professional your light painting can become.

In recent weeks we’ve shown you how to add 3D objects to your light painting, how to create light-painting rain, and how combining bullet time photography and light painting can yield some pretty awesome results. Now it’s time to put the old saying to rest and create smoke — without a fire.

Light Painting Smoke Effects Tutorial smoketut

In the tutorial above, photographer Wen-Jié Yang shows you how to create light-painting smoke using nothing more than flexible neon tubing. In addition he doesn’t leave you hanging on the rest of the shoot. He shows you how he created the whole thing, from the stenciled snow flakes, to the 6 armed model and the yellow halo behind her to, of course, the cool smoke.

By our count, the full exposure lasts almost a full minute and 30 seconds, and the results would make for one heck of a Facebook cover.

(via Lifehacker)

Tip: Score a Good Deal on a Fog Machine at Post-Halloween Sales

Tip: Score a Good Deal on a Fog Machine at Post Halloween Sales fogmachine

Looking for a cheap fog machine or fog juice for your photography? Hurry out to your local pop-up Halloween store today: David Hobby of Strobist reminds us that these seasonal stores often offer deep-discounts of those things once All Hallows’ Eve has come and gone.

In case you’ve never handled a fog/smoke machine before, here’s a short explanation of how they work:

Typically, fog is created by vapourizing proprietary water and glycol-based or glycerine-based fluids or through the atomization of mineral oil. This fluid (often referred to colloquially as fog juice) vapourizes or atomizes inside the fog machine. Upon exiting the fog machine and coming into contact with the moisture in the outside air the vapour condenses, resulting in a thick visible fog.

Use this type of machine in moderation, though, as both short- and long-term exposure can have some adverse side-effects.

If you do decide to call up your local Halloween shops, here’s an idea of what prices you should be looking to beat: Amazon’s cheapest and most popular fog machine sells for $30, and a gallon of fog juice is $28.

Image credit: Smoke by iantmcfarland


U.S. Wildfires Photographed From Space

Massive wildfires in the Rockies have destroyed hundreds of homes and scorched tens of thousands of acres over the past week. To get an idea of how massive these fires are, check out this photograph captured by a NASA satellite.

The GOES-15 satellite keeps a stationary eye over the western U.S. and the smoke from the fires raging in many of the states have created a brownish-colored blanket over the region. The dawn’s early light revealed smoke and haze throughout the Midwest, arising from forest fires throughout the Rockies. While the most publicized fires occur along the populous eastern range in Colorado, the great smoke plumes in this image came from Wyoming.

(via NASA via Boing Boing)