VANJA Wedding and Portrait Photographer » Available for services worldwide

THE MAKING OF “THE SMOKING RING” SHOT

image to pinterest

It’s been a year since I took one of my favorite ring shots.
I use it a lot in my marketing and am asked repeatedly how the shot was made.
It was a non eventful night while my husband was at his soccer practice so I decided to do something fun in my kitchen on the dining table.
The table has a glass top so that’s how I got the reflection to show.
I used four flashes.
I needed the light to be directed toward the ring but using a bare flash was causing the light to spread too much.
I didn’t have any grids available at the time so I made my own.
I used newspaper pages and wrapped them around the flash only leaving a small opening for the light to come out.
I secured the newspaper with rubber bands.
Fancy, I know!
I’m sure there was a little light spillage but not much.
The smoke was made with the smoke machine.
I would focus, let the smoke run and then take my shot.
It took several times and I got a few variations but this one was my favorite.
Taken with a Nikon D3 and 60mm f/2.8 lens
Exposure: 1.0 sec, f/9, ISO 250

 

image to pinterest

Once my husband came home I thought I could do a similar shot with sparklers.
So I added his ring to the shot and had him hold a sparkler in the background while I took the shot.
This one was a little harder and we almost set the kitchen on fire.
Kids, do not try this at home.
You’ve been warned!

 

image to pinterest

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*