When I started adding color smoke to my photo sessions, it still was something pretty new for Sweden, especially in wedding and pregnancy sessions. I received a lot (like a LOT) of messages with questions and guessing about the process. Many photographers were sure that it was Photoshop 🙂
Now I see so many people use the color smoke, and it’s so interesting to see their results! The color smoke is quite unpredictable and the color combinations are endless, so that’s why I decided to gather my favourite color smoke photos. Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration for your next shoot♡
THINK THE WHOLE SCENE THROUGH
Before you start shooting, talk with the model about the moves you would like her to do. And it’s important to remind about the face expression, many models are so focused on the grenade, that they forget about their face 🙂 Unless you know, you want her to frown on all of the photos.
Sometimes it’s also nice to have an assistant (or even two) to hold the color smoke grenade. Usually the time of smoking is between 1-2 minutes so it’s easier to coordinate when you’re using more than one grenade.
While during the winter it feels awesome to hold something hot if the hand, during the summer it could do damage either to the skin or to the dry grass, so prepare for that as well.
Always make sure that the grenade is no longer in active ignition before packing it back to the bag or throwing it to the garbage.
Such as Down Town or Central Parks. I use them either in the woods or in Castle area (and I always inform the castle staff in advance)
The smoke can be easily mistaken for fire, especially during the summer 2018, when the heat was to harsh for the Scandinavian nature, so be careful and inform the people nearby.
FOR ANY OCCASION
I use color smoke when doing portraits, pregnancy sessions and weddings. I think a couple of color smoke photos are a perfect add on to the wedding gallery, just like the “sparkler exit” – absolutely stunning and adds something special to the wedding photo session.
For me as a photographer it’s an absolute must have:)
Make sure there’s no wind
Prepare a place for the used grenades
Make sure the model knows the safety instructions
Area close to the grenade opening might get stained, keep an eye on the gown