Fire Photography: Using Multiple Exposures

Imagine the possibilities when a master pyrotechnician and skilled photographer decide to join forces for one epic photo shoot. If you think that sounds pretty cool, take a look at what really happens as Montrel based photographer, Ben Von Wong, heads over to Paris to work with Andrey Das, fire artist extraordinaire:

The shoot took place in two locations over the course of three days and required the skilled help of about 10 assistants. Using a Nikon D800 mounted on a SIRUI T-2205X tripod and a K20x ball head, Von Wong and Das both agreed that they wanted to avoid employing Photoshop to fix any errors made on either of their behalf during shooting.

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To make that happen, the two spent an entire day prepping for the shoot and taking multiple test images to ensure perfect exposure settings and flame control. Once they knew exactly how they were going to pull off getting the photos right “in camera,” the pair got to work and as you can see, the results are pretty awesome.

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I know it’s tempting to give this one a try for yourself, who doesn’t want to play with fire and cameras? Just keep in mind that Das is a trained and professional pyrotechnician. That means he knows exactly what he is doing and the safest approach to do it. If you’re serious about trying this out, be sure to find yourself a professional pyrotechnician BEFORE you try lighting your assistant or friends on fire.

For Further Training on Low Light Tricks:

Check out Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau; a very popular instructional eBook that explains how to do the trick photos that often capture attention and amazement from viewers. It also teaches the basics that are essential before moving onto advanced techniques. With 300+ pages of information and 9 hours of video tutorials, it is very detailed and includes extensive explanations of many complicated methods that are very fun to learn.

The new version can be found here: Trick Photography and Special Effects 2.0

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