Use some flour power

Cre­ate ex­plo­sive ac­tion pho­tos with a sim­ple in­gre­di­ent – James Pater­son runs through the recipe…

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Cre­ate ex­plo­sive ac­tion im­ages with the help of off-cam­era flash and a hand­ful of flour

Shoot­ing a mov­ing sub­ject like a dancer throws up sev­eral chal­lenges, not least of which is try­ing to con­vey that sense of grace­ful mo­tion in a still im­age. But some­thing as sim­ple as a hand­ful or flour can show off the ac­tion in a won­der­fully at­mo­spheric way. The fine white pow­der hangs in the air, shift­ing with the ac­tion and cre­at­ing dusty whorls that catch the light. It also makes an almighty mess, but that’s cer­tainly a price worth pay­ing for the ex­tra flavour the flour gives the shoot.

In this tu­to­rial we’ll ex­plain how to get set up and shoot your own evoca­tive flour por­traits. Light­ing plays a big part, and a three Speed­light set-up here gives us beau­ti­ful back­light­ing that em­pha­sises the shape of the body and lifts the flour. What’s more, you don’t even need a stu­dio. Any de­cent-sized space will do – you could even shoot it out­doors on a dry night.

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