A fun photography hack and creative photography tool – ring of fire lens flare with a copper pipe at golden hour for pictures. Learn the Ring of Fire Photography Technique using a pipe.
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Ring of Fire Photography Technique
Do you ever get bored of the same shots over and over?
Yes golden hour is beautiful and the ideal time to photograph.
Yes you squeal when you get that perfect golden light and those beautiful sun flares everyone goes crazy about. But what happens when you get bored of it: Same locations…same pose…same lighting scenario? Break out of the box!! The golden circle (ring of fire photography technique) is a creative twist on golden hour light.
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What you need?
- Copper Pipe (best sizes are 1″, 1.5″ and/or 2″)
How to Use a Copper Pipe in Photography
Have you heard of the golden circle? It is basically a copper pipe on your lens that the sun reflects into.
1- Purchase a Copper pipe – this is very easy to purchase, and you don’t even have to wait for 2 day prime shipping. Its located in any hardware store around you in the plumbing department. The best sizes to try are 1, 1.5, and 2 inches. I typically use the 1 inch.
2- Place your subject – Get your couple or subject backlit with the sunset.
3- Place your copper pipe – You will put your copper piping against your lens ( I have a filter on mine for protection).
4- Get Creative – now its time to get creative! The sun reflects differently each way you move or the way you move the copper piping. This effect can only be done with the sun. Thats it! Its a very simple way to take images to the next level.
I’ve added a video for you to watch if you feel you’d like more explanation of what’s actually happening! As Sam Hurd Photography mentions – just keep playing with the technique and pipe until you get the result you want! Practice!
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I have been in photography for a little over 3 years now part time. My goal is to become full time in less than 3 years. I have 2 children age 8 and 4, 2 dogs ( one Great Dane and one Yorkie) and of course my husband. I work full time at a bank so I usually have no free time haha. I got into photography when I needed to find something to do for myself. My husband bought me my t5i and said if I used it for a year that I could upgrade. I learned that camera in and out and a year later he kept his word and I got an upgrade. I have met so many amazing people on this photography journey but most importantly I learned that community over competition is everything.