How To Photograph Fire Performers and Flow Artists

Fire spinning is a dangerous and beautiful art form. The best fire performer photographers depict the art, and the danger, of fire performance for maximum impact. In my experience, far too many photographers obsess over finding the perfect camera settings to capture pretty fire textures and siiiiiiiiick fire spinning trails while they ignore the human performer who is risking serious injury or death every time they light their props.

As a fire performer and flow artist photographer, the simplest way you can show anyone at their most primal is to focus your attention, and thus your viewer’s attention, away from the fire and on to the performer where it always belongs.

Below, I’ve compiled a growing list of my best photography tips, tricks, and camera settings so you can improve your photography of fire performers and other flow artists. It is my hope that these methods can help you add a new dimension to your photography. My intention is to help you learn to see past the fire itself in order to photograph the soul of the performer by combining the best photography techniques from photojournalism, sports photography in particular, with different elements from portrait photography.



I shouldn’t have to say this, but here we are. Photos taken with fire involved professional fire performers with proper fire safety training, equipment, and procedures in place. Use of fire comes with inherent risks including, but not limited to, risk of life, limb, or property.

Any action you take based on any information on this website is strictly at your own risk and I will not be held liable for any loss or damages you cause to yourself or others because you chose to use fire in any way.

Don’t be a bogan wook. Leave the siiiiiiiiick fire trails and fire plumes to the professionals and support them by cheering their performances in person!

My Best Fire Performer and Flow Artist Photography Tips and Tricks

Bonus Fire Performer Photography Tip: The Most Important One!

If you want to create the best photos of fire spinners and other flow artists, then the most important thing you can do is to forget about the fire. Learn how to see the human being behind the pretty flames, instead. I promise that your flow artist photography will improve!

The Most Important Fire Photography Tip

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