Smoke Photography and Special Effect Smoke Drops

April 20, 2010 · 1 comment

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A Chemistry Experiment Kit for Photographers!

By simply mixing a few drops of each bottle, you get “prop smoke” without actually setting anything alight! This special effect toy is ideal for food photographers who want the food to look hot and steamy, or even for studio photographers who want to get creative with smokey textures.


1. These drop are corrosive, so make sure you use a ceramic or glass receptacle.

2. Set up your shot, so everything is composed and focused before you get all crazy scientist.

3. Add a few drops from both bottles into the receptacle.

4. Shoot away as the droplets continue to create smoke for approximately 5 minutes, depending of course on how many drops you used.


1. Smoke works best in a wind-free environment.

2. Use a fast shutter speed to effectively freeze the pretty patterns the smoke makes.

Here is one of my own smokey creations:


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L'Zeri Swart July 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

This is awesome…you get the scary ads of smoke photography too but this one at least leaves a lighter mood.

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