Fire spinning is a dangerous and beautiful art form that helps to create some of the most memorable images

The best fire performer photography requires more than just dialing in the best camera settings in order 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. It requires effectively showing the fire spinner at their most primal, and powerful. The simplest way to show the performer at their most primal is to focus you attention, and your viewer’s attention, away from the fire and directly to the performer where it belongs.

It is my hope that these tips can help you to learn how to see past the fire in order to best photograph the soul of the performer by combining the techniques of photojournalism (sports photography, in particular) with elements of portraiture.

How to Photograph Fire Performers