Smoke Project

I’VE DECIDED TO TRY and reinvigorate my love for photography. I need to try something new, so as not to go completely stale, and have a challenge to get stuck into.

This year I intend to start the “Smoke Project” - which is photographing smoke trails, specifically from candles and incense sticks. I’ve had the idea for years after seeing a tutorial online, but never got round to actually doing it. I have all the necessary equipment (see below), so just need to get my head around all the technical aspects of the setup.

Equipment!

Equipment!

Clockwise from top left: -

Nikon SB-600 Speedlight, candles, flash stand, rechargeable batteries, Neewer FC-16 wireless flash trigger with remote shutter, incense sticks, matches, Nikon D5500, cereal box. Yes, I get hungry sometimes. Haha, only joking. It’s actually going to be a “snoot” which will attach to the flash - this will make it easier to direct the light towards to smoke.

For now, that’s about it. I need to learn the setup and how to sync everything together (i.e the flash, remote sensor/trigger, camera) so that they work perfectly. It’s going to be difficult and I expect a lot of mistakes and things not working, but hopefully in the end it will be worth it.

Stay tuned!

Photoshoot: Natanael Cassiano - Actor

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I was asked to take some head shots for a friend of mine, Natanael. Finally, after a few back and forth conversations in trying to arrange a date, we scheduled a shoot for 14th November. This was to be my first client photo shoot, as I had never done anything like this before.

Meeting at the London Apprentice pub in Isleworth, West London, we had already discussed what type of shots Natanael was looking for so it was easy enough to get on with shooting straight away.

Thinking ahead, I wanted a few black and white shots, and I thought a plain/clean background would be best to get started.

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First few shots done, we moved around towards the river for a more interesting background. From here the shoot got a bit more challenging, as the sun was setting early and therefore less natural light was available. I left these following shots in colour, editing slightly to give a bit of warmth, contrast and vibrance.

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The sun now almost gone, we moved to Syon Park to try and get the last bit of available light.

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About thirty minutes after our meeting at the pub, the shoot was done! It was a quick “guerrilla-style” shoot (as Natanael called it), but we managed to get some decent shots in.

There were a few more ideas I had in mind… that’s why hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Natanael was great to work with. Very easy-going and relaxed, and willing to try different ideas. I would definitely want to work with him again if the occasion arises.