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still can't believe it's not butter Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Quote:suggesting exposure settings are not so useful unless you've decided upon what type of shot you want to take. Here's what's worked fo me over the years:
Will you want to emphasise fire trails? - longer exposure (1/4 sec or longer for most twirlers' speed), with tripod/monopod/image stabiliser(not with tripod) - position yourself so that the flames are against a dim background. - often boring, repetitive movements will result in an interesting shot if you give it a long enough exposure (15 sec+) - for technical shots, a 1 sec exposure of fast, accurate planes will be ace. - try to not shoot directly in a 90 degree angle to your subject all the time. it's boring after a while. try to frame a large element of the background (a tree, audience, a llama, ... i'm a big fan of water reflections) for context, however don't go over the top, you don't want to detract from the fire trail itself! - sometimes if you are too close, a lower ISO sensitivity setting is necessary, for example ISO 200 or less when you are 2 meters away from a steel wool 1 sec exposure
Will you want to emphasise the firetwirler? - shorter exposure (1/8 or shorter have given me the best results, at ISO 400 or higher. do not use hi ISO if your digital camera produces too much 'noise') - if you have to use a flash, give it a rear-curtain setting so that the fire trails behind the moment of flash. provides direction for the shot. - i'm not a fan of the flat lighting that a flash provides. would rather prefer that your subject have some ambient/key lighting so that the half of their body that is not in total darkness. - zoom in! don't be afraid of cutting off parts of a twirler's body - you will get good results if you focus in on interesting, evocative detail. that is worth losting a little of the context provided by the missing elements. firelight is such a warm spectrum to light up a smiling twirler's face... when they remember to smile. tell them a bum joke if they ain't showing their pearly teeth, works for me