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Creating Fire: A Special Effects Lighting Tutorial

6/15/2012 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

By Jay P. Morgan

I shot a commercial for Los Gringos Loco on the Red using one of my favorite special effects...Fire! In this back yard barbecue we see everything go up in flames. The goal was to shoot both video and stills that the restaurant will use for advertising purposes. Creating fire is one of my favorite special effects. It's not easy and must be done with complete caution. I have been building burn bars of different sizes and shapes for years.

 This is a little taste on how to make fire. I used a new strobe head/constant light form Dynalite. It's the MH 2065v head with a 650 watt constant modeling light. It makes it so much easer to shoot Video and stills on the same setup. I do not recommend that people try and create fire at home. This video does not give you enough information to safely do so.

 Keep those cameras rolling and keep on click'n!