Single strobe darkness, its true you can easily create a black background with one single strobe light (or speed light), there are countless videos online with demos etc but what if you need a hint of light in front of your subject? Shooting an image like this on a black background will offer a silhouette but with the addition of smoke (which acts as a reflector) you can create a very different/grungy look as well as some lens flare.
Smoke has to be lit from the back otherwise you won’t see it, firing any kind of light from the front will result in, well, not much at all – think of smoke as one big light diffuser that is in essence unreliable, unpredictable but…. it can be managed (or directed) to an extent.
In the images above the smoke was wrapped around the model (just a little) so with the light sourced from the back we compromised the ‘silhouette’ (which may or not be what you are after). For me personally I just think it adds a bit more depth, albeit subtle and we also have some lens flare from the strobe.
- Lens: Tamron 17-50
- Camera: Pentax K3
- Strobe: Elinchrom D-Lite RX4
- Smoke: Beamz S900
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