Fire Performer and Flow Artist Photography
Fire spinning is a dangerous and beautiful art form. The best fire performer photography is more than just dialing in the best camera settings to photograph pretty fire textures and siiiiiiiiick fire spinning trails while ignoring the human performer who is risking serious injury or death every time they set fire to their props. Great fire performer photography shows off the fire spinner at their most primal and powerful. As a photographer, the simplest way for to show the fire performer at their most primal is to focus your attention, and thus your viewer’s attention, away from the fire and to the performer where it always belongs.
It is my hope that these tips can help you learn how to see past the fire in order to photograph the soul of the performer by combining techniques from photojournalism, sports photography in particular, with elements of portraiture.
If you want to create powerful photos of fire performers, the most important thing you can do is to forget about the fire.
The best way to photograph fire performers is to learn the skills unique to photojournalism and sports photography. This is my primary technique.
Something to ask yourself: is it really that difficult to ask for permission, or are you just lazy, entitled, and possibly predatory? Always. Get. Consent.
In Part 3 of this Series on improving fire performer photography, I present to you the Four Fundamentals of Basic Rifle Marksmanship. Wait, whaaaaaaat?
We’ll continue learning to think like a combat shooter because Army fundamentals and good fire performer photography fit well perfectly. Here’s how.
Photographing fire performers and flow artists became boring for me a long time ago and that is perfectly okay. In fact, boredom can be a powerful asset in your creative tool box!
Looking for the best camera settings to use when photographing fire performers? I’ll give you a hint. There aren’t any. Read on to see what I mean.
What are some of the best camera settings for taking good photos of fire breathers? HINT: I don’t care about getting siiiiiiiiick fire textures.
Here’s how to photograph performers who dance using fire fans and palm torches, the best props for beautifully lit portrait-like action shots.