If you want to create powerful photos of fire performers, the most important thing you can do is to forget about the fire.
Fire spinning is a dangerous and beautiful art form. 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. 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 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.
Fire breathing is a spectacular, crowd pleasing art. Want to know out what the best camera settings are to photograph fire breathers? Here are some tips from an experienced fire performer photographer.
Q – How To Photograph Fire Performers? A – Get bored. It’s okay. My Very First Photos of Fire Performers My photography has changed completely as a result of taking these images of Kaitlyn. I am forever grateful.
In Part 4 of this series covering tips on taking better photos of fire performers, we continue learning to think like a soldier because Army fundamentals and photography fit perfectly well together. Here’s why.
In Part Two of How to Improve Photography of Fire Performers, we go from the photographer’s perspective as a photojournalist to improving awareness on the performer as priority through Safety Third and Consent Always. Read for more.