Hello lovely people!
As promised, here is the post on how I created the images of smoke back in 2009 on a teeny-tiny budget (rather, a lack thereof!)
The most rewarding feeling is that of creating art from nothing (literally nothing!)
So here goes!
Background: Black paper (A1 size should be sufficient)
Camera: Any DSLR that works on Manual mode
Lens: Any Zoom and/or macro lens.
1) External flash- Can be anything from another camera (with inbuilt flash) to professional studio flash equipment (this light will have to be fired using a remote trigger or a willing friend with advanced-button-pushing-skills to fire the flash manually)
2) Table lamp to be used for focussing.
Smoke creating thing: Incense sticks or dhoop sticks should do the trick. A slightly thicker stick will produce a wider column of smoke compared to a thin one, but a thin column will give you more defined shapes.
Camera on tripod with the following settings:
Aperture: f/8- f/16 (narrow aperture to capture sharp edges)
Shutter Speed: 1/160th of a second- 1/200th of a second.
Camera Mode & Lens Focus: Manual
White balance: Flash
Setup- from top angle: (behold my ninja level drawing skills)
Once you have shot the images, they should look something like this-
Import your image into Photoshop & follow the next 3 steps to get your super awesome colourful fine arty images.
- Invert the colours by hitting Command+ I (or Ctrl+I if you’re on the windows OS)
Your image will look something like this:
2. Create a new empty layer (Command+N) and use the gradient tool and fill the layer with the gradient of your choice.
3. Change the blending mode of the gradient layer to SOFT LIGHT and voila!
Any gradient you like!Follow the instructions and give it a try!
Spreading the creative-vibrations, hope you have fun creating smoke art, you talented-genius fine-artist, you!