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    Smoke pictures.

    I've been taking pictures of smoke today [ geeky ? Sure ] If you have not tried it then do because it's great. If you do then make sure you get some nice smelling incense sticks as the ones I used made me feel quite ill after the first hour....
    Anyhoo - pix here:

    Smoke - a set on Flickr

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    Filters on the lights, or the lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Filters on the lights, or the lens?
    Photoshop. Adjustment layer and then some hue and saturation.

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    That's really good Matt

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    They'd make great desktop wallpapers.

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    Just loving smoke art 3!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Just loving smoke art 3!
    Thanks - shocking thing was I ended up doing that on an old Dell Laptop - when trying to flattern the image [ as it had quite a few layers ] - the disk swapping went on for about 10 mins and I thought I would lose it. Luckerly I didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    They'd make great desktop wallpapers.
    The purple one I may use as the school's wallpaper as the school's colour is that shade of purple. Will look quite modern. [ As you can guess it's a smoke picture just turned on it's side. ]

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    What backgound were you using for the photos if you don't mind sharing? Might have to have a go over the xmas break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoZeroAlpha View Post
    What backgound were you using for the photos if you don't mind sharing? Might have to have a go over the xmas break.
    Just black card, the darker the better. With it black you can then darken it more in photoshop [ using levels ], then inverting to made the background white is much easier.
    Also touching up the photos afterwards [ getting rid of any lens flare and odd bits of smoke ] with it having a black background certainly makes it easier.

    So black background is a must.
    Table lamp on the left to light the smoke [ something for the camera to focus on as it can see it ]
    Off camera flash on the right with large paper fins [ black ] directing right over the area where the smoke is. Flash has to be in sync with the camera. I was using manual and auto focus.
    ISO can be set to 200 and the flash power to about half to speed up the re-cycling times. Also having someone to waft the smoke is a good idea !!

    This would be a great thing for kids to do if any school has a photography club - we don't.
    Last edited by mattx; 13th December 2010 at 02:31 PM.

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