...Contuning with yesterday's post, this is the end of my series on Smoke art photography. As promised, here is my studio setup description:
I had a black back drop about 2 feet from the tip of the incese stick. The camera was placed at the nearest focussing distance from the incense at a good zoom (> 60mm but not as much at 150 mm)). The idea is to blur off the background as I had folds on my back drop cloth. The camera was on a tripod with the remote shutter release cable attached. Put it on manual focus with the focus on the tip of the insense stick. Close all windows -- you dont need a dark room, but make sure you dont get too much light reflected from the backdrop which could be distracting. The most important thing is the flash unit which should be placed off the camera and pointing at the smoke from your right side, left side or from the bottom of the stick. I used the Canon off Camera shoe cord. It is very important to direct the light from the flash from sideways and also make sure that it does not fall on the camera lens (to avoid flares, you can use a lens hood too) or the back drop.
Light up the incense stick and when you see any nice pattern shoot it. Preview the first few shots and make adjustments to your flash setup if necessary. Dont forget to make the room wind free and use your lungs to make small air blows to generate some good patterns.
I plan to set up the same again another day and do some more. You will never get tired coz every pattern is exquisitely different.
Here are some smoke art photography from some other artists that I liked: