Recently, a pre-wedding photoshoot in Jakarta caused a fire in Mount Bromo in East Java. The couple used a handheld flare to create special effects during their pre-wedding photoshoot but things went wrong when the fire burned hundreds of acres of the Bromo National Park Land.
So the question here is, is it necessary to use flare to create special effects during a photoshoot? Considering the damage that the above incident has done, the answer is NO.
Without a doubt, creating special effects during a photoshoot can add a unique and creative dimension to your images. Not taking flare as an option, one special effect technique that can add a mysterious or dreamy atmosphere to your photos is using artificial smoke or fog machines.
Here are some popular special effects techniques:
1: Long Exposure
By using a slow shutter speed, you can capture movement in a way that creates streaks or trails. This can be used to capture flowing water, light trails, or other dynamic elements.
2: Prism or Crystal Ball
(Image: Brad Switzer)
Holding a prism or crystal ball in front of the lens can create unique reflections and distortions.
3: Double Exposure
This technique involves exposing the same frame of film (or sensor) multiple times, creating a surreal and layered effect.
4: Colored Gels or Filters
Placing colored gels in front of lights can create a moody or vibrant atmosphere.
A photoshoot with a dramatic and vibrant style, often involving the use of flares or other special lighting effects, becomes quite popular as it adds a unique and visually striking element to the photos.
However, safety is paramount when using special effects during a photoshoot, not just a pre-wedding photoshoot. Always use caution with props, fire, or any equipment that could potentially pose a risk. Additionally, practice and experimentation are key to achieving the desired effect, so don’t be afraid to try different techniques and refine your approach.
When choosing a photographer, make sure to look at their portfolio to see if their style matches what you have in mind for your photoshoot goal. Additionally, discuss your ideas and preferences with the photographer to ensure they understand the vision you have for your photos.