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.
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.
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This is the very best advice I can possibly give to new photographers. If you’re serious, then anything else comes second.