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Fake Smoke with Flashlight and String – Photography Tutorial

In this video photography tutorial you'll learn how to create a long exposure photograph of fake smoke coming off of objects using a flashlight or LED attached to a string.


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  1. Cool! Thanks.

  2. Coo. man, thank you.

  3. Thanks a lot.

    I’m waiting for your new creative.

  4. nicely done and well-explained!

  5. fantastic. Thanks a lot.

  6. mal wieder ein guter artikel…mir gefĂ€llt dein schreibstil!!! Weiter so!

  7. thanks, amazin – once again your creativity is fantastic, and thanks for being so free to share how you create your photos!

  8. That’s really cool! Who would have thought you could actually use string to create smoke in a photograph…

  9. Important question: Is your book only in the e-book format or are there other versions (pdf, for example) available? I am on a Macintosh and cannot read ebook formats on this machine I think.

  10. Hey Zak, it is in PDF format. You should be able to read this on macs, pcs, and even mobile devices.

  11. Thanks Evan for the great tip… its been most helpful and inspiring to me. As soon as I saw your video I wanted to try it and while watching I already knew what I had to use to do this…

    Check out my trial in flickr:

    Looking fwd to all your other tips!!!

  12. No mention of what kind of lens you are using..?
    Does it matter..?

  13. hi great tut, and well explain but a still have some doubts; how do you colorize the smoke, in photoshop? but how?
    thx’s and keep doing your great job!!!

  14. What are your doubts? You can color the smoke by creating a new layer on top of the smoke layer, and then grabbing the gradient tool, making a gradient on the new layer, and then set the blending mode to Hue or Color on the layer.

  15. Great! Thank you for the nice tutorial!

  16. Cool idea! Thanks for the tutorial! With this technique I managed to take this “shot”! 🙂

  17. cool evans !!!!

  18. Last Friday I tried to do the same. Maybe the result is not the same but it was fantastic to try it. thank you.

  19. Where do you get all of your ideas from? Are you just that creative a person?

    Never in a million years would I have thought of trying to make string look like smoke, but I guess that’s why you’re selling a cool product and I’m just trying to take cool pictures 😉


  20. First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.

    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
    I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thank you!

  21. which is the speed of the camera?

  22. Porfa deberías subtitular tus vídeos, esta increíble este truco, ya lo pondré en practica, gracias!

  23. Hola no entiendo que es lo que cuelga de la linterna, si es una simple piola u otra cosa… alguien que me diga… y la verdad que deberĂ­as subtitular los videos porque esta increĂ­ble la pĂĄgina!!!

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