Technical- Wide Open and Fast
I decided to shoot wide open at about f/1.8 and at a high shutter speed (1/250ish) for most of this shoot. It was important to me to create lots of depth of field to highlight my subject as this was a modelling shoot, while also capturing crispness in the movement as she shifted from pose to pose within a short time while the smoke was present. I shot with my Canon 5d Mark iii and Sigma 35mm Art lens for the duration of the session, being sure to keep my gear out of the smoke to keep it clean and safe. I used available sunset back-lighting and the smoke to highlight different parts of the body of my model and to convey motion and emotion as we shot. Using the smoke bombs was a lot of fun and the unpredictability of the smoke made capturing the shots exciting as it pushed me to shoot in ways that I normally do not. I shot quickly to maximize each smoke bomb, which lasted about 45 seconds. The experience was awesome and I will definitely be shooting with smoke bombs again.
Enjoy these images from our shoot, "Smoke and Sequins" and be sure to leave some love for my amazing model, Breanna!
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Love from the other side of my camera,