With the advent of Photoshop, almost everyone now does a double-take every time they get a glimpse of an amazing and somewhat unbelievable photo. That’s the reason why photographer Benjamin “Von Wong” took the challenge of creating a flashy photo without the use of Photoshop.
Using only a Nikon D800, Von Wong was able to successfully shoot a multiple exposure photos of a pyrotechnician blowing fire.
Here’s an excerpt from Von Wong’s blog about the project:
DAS [the pyrotechnician] and I had decided that we wanted to take AMAZING shots straight out of camera, without photoshop. It is too easy these days to snigger at a photo and say: “well its just photoshop” so we really wanted to push the boundaries on what was possible to create in camera… something that was REAL. What we wanted to create is simple to do on photoshop… but in camera would be a whole different ballpark. So that was the constraint and challenge we set ourselves, even though we knew it could mean that the shots would be “less perfect” … or even miss out completely.
If you’re up to the challenge, you can recreate these photos by following Von Wong’s tutorial on how to take multiple exposures of fire.
Before getting down and fiery, make sure you have a recent Nikon DSLR camera like the D800, or anything above D7000, and a master pyrotechnician. For Canonistas, you can do this only with the new Canon 5D Mark III. You can also do this with other cameras that have a built-in Multiple Exposure capabilities.
Lastly, please do make sure you know how to play with fire.