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 Photograph Fire Performers and Flow Artists

Fire spinning is a dangerous and beautiful art form. The best fire performer photography requires 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

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