about this image
At one point during my pre-production meetings with this client, we decided that it might look kinda cool for him to be surrounded by smoke, with stage lights up behind him. So I ran out and bought a fog machine specifically for this shoot, and we got to work.
I soon realized that controlling smoke is sort of like herding cats, because it goes every which way, and there's just no controlling it. So I ditched the fog machine and decided that I would add it later in Photoshop instead. This was the result.
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tools & gear used
In Photoshop, I used probably fifteen different smoke brushes to keep things organic-looking and prevent any repeating patterns. I also created the four lights using a plugin called Knoll Light Factory, and I finished everything up in Topaz Adjust.
- Canon 5D Mark III
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
- Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Studio Strobes
- Rosco Bright Blue Gel 20x24
- Elinchrom 22" Beauty Dish w/ Grid
- Avenger Light Stands
- Avenger Boom Arm with Counterweight