You have seen them posted all over Instagram.
The flooded scene of vibrant smoke surrounding an Instagram model. They are visually appealing for so many reasons. They really stand out on your Instagram feed and they are great for Instagram stories as well due to the amount of engagement these get from other users on Instagram.
But is it easy to do? (Let's find out):
Luckily, we have one of our favorite Instagram photographers to show us how simple and effective it is to successfully create a visually inspiring smoke bomb photography shot.
Meet Alex Jodoin, Instagram photographer and visual creator (@alexframez).
Alex shows us how he created this visual smoke bomb photography shot in just a few simple steps with these Q&A's below. He gets into details on how and why he chose his ideal site location, the brand of smoke bombs that he used and how you simple it is to use them.
Lets break down Alex's workflow and editing process:
Q: If you could, break down for us how you chose this shot location. What caught your eye?
I don’t do lots of “model” shots. I mostly shoot in and around the city and the urban environment is my main subject. I love the city vibe especially at night.
I walk around certain areas that I’m sure to always find interesting subjects and just shoot. I like to travel light so I don’t carry a lot of gear when I’m street shooting. If I do long exposures and cityscapes, I usually bike to the spots I prefer since it’s faster and more accessible. That way and I can carry more gear without any of the hassle.
Q: What camera manufacture and lens did you shoot this shot with?
Right now, I shoot with the new Nikon Z6 (best camera I ever owned by a long shot). I mainly use either a 50mm f/1.8, my beloved 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 or my 24-70mm f/2.8. On certain occasions i’ll use my 15-35mm f/4 for wide shots and my 85mm f/1.8 for portraits. All my glass is Nikon accept for the 24-70 which is a Tamron.
Q: What brand did you use for the smoke Bomb, what you like about it l, how long does it last?
I use Enola Gaye smoke bomb grenades. Never had any issues and they always work very well and last a solid 5 minutes.
You can find these smoke grenades at Enolagaye.com. Here is the link to the purple smoke used in Alex's Instagram photo.
Q: What is your ideal edit work flow? Can you give us a step by step on how you create these images? What is your editing software of choice?
Adobe Lightroom CC is my main tool of choice. I have a simple workflow really. I have some custom presets that I've created that I apply depending on what i’m looking to achieve.
Once I’ve established the base, I work on setting the mood I have in mind and do the rest of the corrections and general editing thereafter.
Q: Tell us about yourself. How did you get into photography and what do you love about it.
I always had an interest in photography since I was a teenager but I’ve been pursuing it more since 2010.
I work in the tech industry and most of my time is spent on solving complex issues, so in a way photography is a form of therapy and relaxation where I don’t have to think too much. I take long walks around the city mostly at night and just shoot.
Q: Where can our readers find you and your work?
You can find me on Instagram @alexframez (Follow Alex on Instagram)
So there you have it. A simple and effective way to achieve the smoke bomb shot of your dreams.
You can find these smoke grenades at Enolagaye.com. They are cheap and effective and these best ones on the market.
Check out some of our other favorite Instagram photographers for more inspiration.
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