Set off a smoke bomb for a spooky mist ef­fect

Practical Photography (UK) - - Halloween Projects -

To in­ject in­stant at­mos­phere and in­trigue into your photo, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than in­tro­duc­ing a smoke bomb (or two!). Eas­ily found on­line, smoke bombs or pel­lets will vary in both price and qual­ity. We rec­om­mend buy­ing in bulk, as this will give you the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise un­til you get your shot. The un­for­tu­nate down­side of smoke bombs is that you can’t par­tic­u­larly di­rect where the smoke goes – es­pe­cially on a windy day. If you’re shoot­ing a wide area and you want it all to be cov­ered in smoke, then the best way to do this is to in­cor­po­rate a tri­pod into your shoot. By sta­bil­is­ing your cam­era and pre­vent­ing it from mov­ing, you can take mul­ti­ple shots with smoke fill­ing dif­fer­ent parts of the frame each time. Then, you sim­ply com­bine them later in Pho­to­shop. For the best re­sults, make sure that your model stays in the same part of the frame. If they wan­der into an area that was filled with smoke, you’ll no longer be able to use it, as you’d end up with two sub­jects in your fi­nal image. To try this tech­nique in Pho­to­shop, open your base shot, then drag in the pho­tos with the smoke ef­fect you want to in­cor­po­rate. They will ap­pear as Lay­ers in the Lay­ers panel (Win­dow>Lay­ers). Then erase the non-im­por­tant parts of the smoke Lay­ers un­til you’re left with the fi­nal mys­te­ri­ous ef­fect. Above Don’t place your smoke pel­let di­rectly onto the ground – in­stead use a piece of metal (or tin foil) for safety.

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