Smoke Photography

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Introduction: Smoke Photography

Do you want cool background photos that you made yourself with just smoke? You can learn it basicly and you can make it at home easily.

Step 1: Materials

1) Black background material. Cardboard or black screen.

2) Something to illuminate smoke. Like a desk lamp.

3) A professional camera. To take high quality photos.

4) Something to make smoke. I used ground coffee.

Step 2: Preparing Environement

Stick the black background to a wall. Then put a small bowl in front of it. Cigarette may make more smoke but I don't smoke so I put ground coffee on it. Then to illuminate the smoke use a lamp but not to illuminate black background use another black cardboard to obstruct the light that goes to background.

Step 3: Taking Your Photo

Put your ground coffee in bowl then burn it from it surface it will smoke till it finishes. But as I said cigarette may smoke more. Then close the curtains and lights except our illuminator. And take your photos from different angles. I used a Canon 700D. İf you can, take your photos in RAW format to edit better. And I recommend to illuminate the smoke with high powered lamp because of to use the camera in a lower ISO value for avoid from grainy background.

Step 4: Editing Your Photos

Open your photos in Adobe Lightroom and in develep section at the right side there is a graduated filter button select that. And you can select their colour from the bottom of it. Then drag your mouse on photo to use filter. You can use a few different colours to make it better. İf you want to make the background in white colour press (Ctrl+i) to invert their colour to make it more interesting. So your masterpiece is done!

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    Yay! I've been trying to find a good/easy way to do this for a while. This seems to fit the bill pretty much exactly. Thanks!

    You need ground coffee ı mean like coffee in powder then with lighter burn it from its surface it will make smoke.

    thanks for the clarification

    Ah this is so much easier than the old school way I use to do it. 40 years ago I had to use colored gels and 2 or 3 photo strobes.

    I like this way much better.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Yeah it is so easy and fast to do.

    Thanks for your comment.