Photographing People Vaping.

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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.

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“No Smoking”

 

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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?

 

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My colleague helped me shoot this photo for me. My new setup could produce a lot of smoke by firing it by itself.

 

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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.

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Author: Razlan Yusof

Razlan Yusof. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A warm and friendly guy, graduated as an advertising and graphic design student but ventured into photography since 7 years back. His work focuses on portraits as he enjoys photographing people and capturing the emotions of their story.

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