I wish I had more time to expound on this! For now I’m just going to have to leave it at this…

For me, “steam” was just one of those subjects I had never thought of trying to photograph before. (Like, have you ever tried it?)

So, when a PRO member asked me how to photograph it, I figured it was time for me to figure out the best way to do it. Using the controlled environment of a lightbox, I experimented with front, back, side and top lighting, taking note of down what I discovered along the way.

My findings? A PRO Special Feature video outlining the 7 best practices for photographing steam that I’ve discovered so far. PRO members can watch it below:

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If you’re not a PRO member, let me at least challenge you to experiment with photographing steam to see what discoveries you can come up with on your own!

  • Can you come up with more than 7 “best practices”?
  • What is the best angle of light for photographing steam?
  • Can you capture steam just as effectively outside the controlled environment of a lighbox as well as you can inside it?
  • Can you make it work with a more natural subject than an essential oils diffuser? like a cup of coffee or tea?

When was the last time you challenged yourself to photograph an atypical or difficult subject? For step by step guidance, join PRO and watch the video here.

Think it through. Practice it. Write down what you learn. Help the rest of us out by leaving a comment! Teach yourself photography.

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