Vaping in Kuala Lumpur is huge now. It’s crazy how vaping has evolved within a short period of time. I started vaping about a year ago and I’ve pulled a lot of my friends into it. But this topic isn’t about vaping itself. It’s about photographing people vaping or using vaping as a prop. I’ve always loved photographing someone having a smoke of cigarette but I could never do it indoor because of the smell or the fear of triggering the fire alarms. I’ve always wanted to photograph someone smoking on a black background with a couple of studio lights but I never had the chance. And now, as we have vape, a tool where I can get someone to blow smoke indoors without having to worry about stinking the room up. I got my friend to help model for me and we would do all kinds of different things with it. Usually I would work with a black background or somewhere dark, and use one light source only.
While my friend was servicing his vape, I decided to photograph him. I used his table lamp as the light source and under exposed the background. I asked him to slowly blow the smoke out so it looks more fluffy and thick.
Until today, this has to be my favourite vaping shot. This was taken with one light source on a black background. Notice how the shape of the smoke is like an arrow?
My colleague helped me shoot this photo for me. My new setup could produce a lot of smoke by firing it by itself.
If you have a friend who owns a vape, give it a go! I’ve seen so many photographers use vaping as a prop for their shoots. There are so many ways you can experiment.