Well now, this is my first real attempt at capturing smoke streams and have to say…I had a total blast tonight! First off, I would like to thank >>Sandra << for posting a link on her Facebook page to this >>tutorial<< which I somewhat followed.
How I did it. First off, figured out a good spot for the incense. I then placed my Canon Speedlite 430EX II (set to manual, 1/2 power using a snoot) to camera right, behind the incense and angled at about 30 degrees towards the smoke. I did use a silver reflector (aligned with the Speedlite) to the left of the incense. I decided to use my lens hood since the flash was somewhat pointing in the general direction of the camera! I originally only had one stick burning but, it just didn’t produce enough smoke so I ended up having two burning.
Now, you might be wondering about the colour…no, I didn’t actually add any colour in Photoshop! What I did was added a purple gel to the Speedlite, but only covered half the output (pretty sneaky eh)! Enjoy…