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How to Shoot ‘Space Nebula’ Smoke Photos at Home

During long periods of cloudy weather, it can be really frustrating as an astrophotographer to wait for the sky to clear up. Over the years, I’ve learned how to handle these long downtimes.

The Best Smoke Bomb for Photos (and Tips for Using It)

Over the past couple of years, smoke bombs have become a popular photography accessory that adds a colorful new twist to portraits. They are being used for street portraiture, gender reveals, engagement shoots, and so much more. We found the best smoke bomb for photography usage and in this 6.5-minute video and article, we are going to give you 5 tips on how to use them safely and creatively.

Drone Shots of San Francisco Shrouded in Wildfire Smoke

Last month, smoke from wildfires in northern California caused San Francisco to have the worst air quality in the world for a number of days. Here's a 2-minute drone video that offers an eye-opening aerial look at what the city looked like during those days.

Wildfire Smoke is Making San Francisco Look Instagram Filtered

The County Fire burning in Northern California's Yolo County is blanketing San Francisco with smoke today. And when combined with the fog rolling in from the Pacific Ocean, the smoke is giving the city an eerie sepia-toned look that's making it look like it was passed through an Instagram filter.

Smoke Bomb Photos: What I Learned Shooting Models in a Junkyard

Ever wanted to try one of those cool smoke bomb shots, with thick, bright smoke in eerily sculpted curves floating around fashion models? I’d never tried one but I’ve seen quite a few images online that amazed and delighted me, so when the local model photography group in Orlando planned a smoke bomb shoot at a secluded junkyard, I was there early with a bag full of smoke grenades and a couple of poses I knew I wanted to get. This is what I learned.

Why Old Sports Photos Often Have a Blue Haze

Rich Clarkson’s photo of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then named Lew Alcindor, in the 1968 NCAA Men’s National Basketball Final Four semifinal game in Los Angeles is a masterpiece of composition, timing and exposure. The square format is the result of shooting the game action with a Hasselblad – a practice that continued into the early 2000s. But that isn’t what makes this photo historically interesting.

Photographer Snaps Meteor Leaving a ‘Z’ in the Sky

A couple of nights ago, Hawick, UK-based photographer Sam Cornwell spent some time in the great outdoors taking pictures of the April Lyrids meteor shower that happens from April 16 to April 26 of each year. Just as he was about to call it quits and return home without a keeper, Cornwell captured the above photo of a huge "fireball" streaking across the night sky.

Light Painting Smoke Effects Tutorial

There's no end to the fun and creativity you can pour into a great light painting session. And the more techniques you have in your photographer's utility belt the more interesting and professional your light painting can become.

In recent weeks we've shown you how to add 3D objects to your light painting, how to create light-painting rain, and how combining bullet time photography and light painting can yield some pretty awesome results. Now it's time to put the old saying to rest and create smoke -- without a fire.