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  • #31
    I've only just noticed as you pointed it out powerpix.It's like seeing images in clouds

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    • #32
      First try,no flash...doh!

      I tried it at night but forgot the flash,I will try again with flash.lol
      Had to lighten in post and added mild colors,first attempts are memorable,thanks for the tutorial.
      I used 2 inscense sticks at once to try n get more volume/density of smoke.
      1/100 sec.
      F 9
      45mm
      Last edited by christopher88; 11-05-2010, 05:43 PM.
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      • #33
        I have to admit that I cheated and used an off camera flash for this.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by AdrenoJunkie View Post
          I have to admit that I cheated and used an off camera flash for this.
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          Great shots there!
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          • #35
            this is great! i tried out the water droplet tutorial and came out with some cool shots. cant wait to try this out. now for the dumb question....how do you get the colors for the smoke? thanks again for sharing!

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            • #36
              Originally posted by pmed20 View Post
              this is great! i tried out the water droplet tutorial and came out with some cool shots. cant wait to try this out. now for the dumb question....how do you get the colors for the smoke? thanks again for sharing!
              Not dumb at all. The colors are added during processing by creating a color gradient layer. I use the free system GIMP.
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              • #37
                Originally posted by Amanda.MFM View Post
                ... Apparently my version of Lightroom doesn't support the RAW files of the Canon 60d ... opps!
                Until you can upgrade to LR3, I'd suggest using the Adobe DNG converter for RAW files. If you convert your CR2 files to DNG (Adobe's digital negative file format--a sort of open format similar to RAW files), you can then open them directly in Lightroom 1 and 2 (and pre-CS5 versions of Photoshop), and edit them as if they were RAWs.
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                • #38
                  Here is my humble attempt, not too bad second go around.
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                  • #39
                    Smoking!

                    Thanks for the tut... here's my attempt!

                    Smoking!

                    Camera Canon EOS 450D
                    Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
                    Aperture f/5.6
                    Focal Length 43 mm
                    ISO Speed 200
                    Exposure Bias 0 EV
                    Flash On, Fired
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                    • #40
                      I just tried this out. But no matter what i did, in a fully darkened room, with my built -in flash at -3, I still picked up the background in too much detail. the background was about 5 meters behind the point of focus.
                      Learning...

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                      • #41
                        I just tried this out. But no matter what i did, in a fully darkened room, with my built -in flash at -3, I still picked up the background in too much detail. the background was about 5 meters behind the point of focus.
                        Learning...

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                        • #42
                          show us a sample, you'll [probably need to do some PP with the background. I found that using off-camera flash works better and there is less pp..
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                          • #43
                            Yeah, I don't think you want to use on camera flash since it is aimed at your background. Off camera flash is the way to go, but if you dont have one then you could try using an LED flashlight to the side and a little behind your smoking object. that way it lights the smoke and not the background. You could help it a lil further by putting a flag between the light and the background. Worst to worst you can always black it out in Photoshop.
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                            • #44
                              @ BuddhaPi: I unfortunately deleted all my shots. I'll retry this evening and post.
                              @ Adreno : Thanks. I'll give this led lighting a shot tonight.
                              Thank you both so very much!
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                              • #45
                                Thanks for the tutorial! I will have to try this kind os shot this winter.
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