Fire Performer and Flow Artist Photography

smiling performer dances with lit fire fans at an outdoor setting near sunset. The sky is a deep shade of twilight blue. Woman has long purplish hair colored by yellowish hues from her fans. photo is copyright adrian feliciano all rights reserved.
Dani Mac performing with her fire-fans for an impromptu audience at the quarries in Quincy, MA.

How to Improve Your Photography of Fire Performers and Flow Artists

These are my best tips on how to photograph fire performers and other flow artists. 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 you can 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 high-level tips, tricks, and camera settings can help you improve your fire performer photography by learning how to see past the fire in order to document the soul of the performer by combining techniques from photojournalism, and 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

woman with anarchy tattoo breathing fire during summer solstice celebration in upstate new york copyright adrian feliciano

How To Photograph Fire Breathers

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.