Pictures of Fire Spinning. Questions now, photos later.

Discussion in 'Sony' started by coreyzev, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. coreyzev

    coreyzev Rookie

    Aug 25, 2013
    Boston, MA, USA
    Didn't want to hype anyone up too soon with a title just "Pictures" with no pictures inside. I meant to bring my camera with me to the spin practice on Thursday, but forgot it. So we'll have to wait until next thursday...

    Meanwhile, I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for how to best achieve some decent, dynamic pictures.

    What'll be happening, an evening to night shot, with a tool on fire, being spun around a human.

    I've taken photos before, but it was the kind of thing where you set it to a decent exposure, and keep going, shooting a ton hoping for the best result. I'd like to be a bit more focused than that.

    With my Nikon D80 a year ago:
    Snowfire - 2012 by CoreyZev, on Flickr

    I know the sensor is a bit smaller on the RX100, but it's also a handful of years in the future now... I'm hoping it lives up to my expectations.

    What do you think will happen?

  2. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    I know nothing about this other than that I want to play. And I didn't want you to get no replies.
    It's a good thing we are all spread out internationally, otherwise I'm pretty sure we'd get in a lot of trouble. Can you imagine the random shoots we would set up?
  3. coreyzev

    coreyzev Rookie

    Aug 25, 2013
    Boston, MA, USA
    We do fire spinning every week. We always love it when photographers stop by. I could probably find you a few in Scotland.

    The only rule we have for photographers is "ask first". We're pretty serious about it. If you absolutely cant ask first, pretty please ask after.

    I have a group of people who set up a shoot over the course of a month or so here in New England. Got models, specialists, photographers, etc from all over the area together.
  4. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Treat the shoot the same as you would shoot fireworks. Especially if you want to capture movement.

    1. Set your camera to the lowest native ISO.

    2. Put your camera on a tripod.

    3. Aperture for desired depth of field (I'd start at f8 and smaller). A deeper dof will cover a larger area of movement.

    4. Bulb mode with a remote shutter release. Start with a 10 second exposure and adjust accordingly.

    5. One nifty trick is to carry a black card and hide the lens from light between movements during a long exposure. It's like creating multiple exposures without having to take multiple exposures.

    6. Set your camera to a constant White Balance.

    7. Just for variety, try zooming in or out during the long exposure. You should get some interesting results.