Tonight I tried to take a stab at smoke photography. Using a macro lens, flash with makeshift snoot, and incense, I shut off the lights and began shooting away.
Like all things new and different in photography, I found it very challenging. For one, without any ambient light, it was impossible to focus. A tripod may have helped, but I wanted to be agile enough to capture varying perspectives. Also, I’ve read that you only have 20 minutes before the room fills up with enough smoke to degrade the image.
I flipped on one of the lamps, just enough to give me a chance to focus manually (auto focus wasn’t an option). Even then, none of my images were tack sharp. No matter, post processing magic would help me these shots interesting.