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Tried smoke grenades for the first time...

 
choicejadephotography
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Sep 27, 2016 21:21 |  #1

I've seen some awesome images shot with smoke grenades, but never done any myself. Tried it for the first time during a destination engagement shoot in Portland, OR. Did it turn out okay?

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Sep 27, 2016 21:27 |  #2

Did it accomplish what you wanted? To be honest, it does nothing for me. The plume on the left seems pointless. The one on the right makes it look like she's supposed to be appearing like a genie, but nothing else supports that visually.


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Sep 27, 2016 21:42 |  #3

The other images from your shoot for this couple are nice and flattering.

I don't think the smoke in this situation, for an engagement, is very flattering in this particular composition. The smoke needs a context so it's not just some random flashy thing in the composition. In a lot of smoke photography, I see it usually used to add to an element of some kind, be it to exaggerate a motion, or mask an environment and add a mood, and it's often colored to do something there. The ones where it looks like someone found some leaves on fire doesn't really add to the composition for me.

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Sep 27, 2016 21:53 |  #4

Smoke from a smoke machine is more flattering... it's not as dense or opaque. Now colored smoke is another thing altogether.


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Sep 27, 2016 22:02 |  #5

AlFooteIII wrote in post #18142310 (external link)
Did it accomplish what you wanted? To be honest, it does nothing for me. The plume on the left seems pointless. The one on the right makes it look like she's supposed to be appearing like a genie, but nothing else supports that visually.

My feelings exactly.


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Sep 27, 2016 23:00 |  #6

The couple had their hands on a few smoke grenades and they wanted to use them. So we tested the first one, which was white, and didn't get a chance to try the other colors.

This one turned out okay, the other ones not so much (I included some more in their album design, which can be seen in the video toward the end of the blog post). I agree, i's not a portfolio-making image by any means.

But the couple loved it. We all know things that clients love and we meh, I guess. LOL


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Sep 28, 2016 06:22 |  #7

The picture above......just no.

Forgive me but this looks very amateurish.


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Sep 28, 2016 10:01 |  #8

Not my cup of tea, but if the clients wanted it, and ultimately liked it, then there you have it.

I will say that I do like some of the stylized, urban shots with the colored smoke bombs.




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Sep 28, 2016 11:27 |  #9

I'm not getting it, but then I'm not your client.


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Sep 28, 2016 13:01 |  #10

Really not getting this either. Sorry.

As others said, if its what they wanted then fine but seems most of the rest of us (so far) thought it was a bad idea. The smoke is too dense to create an atmosphere its just distracting IMO

Maybe a wider shot and them running through the dense smoke or similar could have worked???


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Sep 28, 2016 13:15 |  #11

If the client likes it, who cares.......But if going after the high end customer, might want to not post it on your web site. Just a thought.


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Sep 28, 2016 13:38 |  #12

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18142330 (external link)
Smoke from a smoke machine is more flattering... it's not as dense or opaque. Now colored smoke is another thing altogether.

I agree, smoke machines give better results. But even then, I'd use it sparingly.

At weddings receptions where they use smoke for first dance, it's OK. But I'd rather have it without if I had the choice.




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Sep 28, 2016 13:50 |  #13

There is also two kinds of smoke machine smoke... and one of them hugs the floor.


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Oct 06, 2016 17:12 |  #14

Just say no to the smoke bomb... Kudos for trying it but it is not working.


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Oct 06, 2016 17:41 |  #15

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18142891 (external link)
There is also two kinds of smoke machine smoke... and one of them hugs the floor.

No, that's an issue of using a chiller to cool the fog so it settles. You can make one for any fog machine, or buy one. If you're interested, the Slanted Lens did a video on making a DIY fog chiller.


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