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.