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The Art of Portraits with Fire

  • Esplanade Burnham-on-sea TA8 2AQ United Kingdom (map)

JasonPB is running an exclusive shoot with Nikon School on how to capture the art of the portraits with fire.

In this fire poi photography workshop you’ll be shooting a fire poi performance. It's an art that involves swinging flaming weights in rhythmic patterns to music to create dynamic shapes. When combined with the blue dusk light at the flat sand beach levels of Burnham-on-sea, you'll capture a dramatic performance-driven portrait. You will adjust exposure for the ambient light, noting shutter speed length for full fire trails and use off-camera flash to freeze your performer mid-swing. Join pro photographer Jason Parnell-Brookes and Nikon School as they take you through a flaming portrait workshop that’s like no other!

About this course:

A fire poi portrait requires the careful balance of three light sources: the sun, the fire poi and an off-camera flash. Starting with a safety and technique briefing you’ll cover the best camera settings and exposure modes to use. Then you’ll begin to practice these techniques using slow sync/rear curtain flash with light sticks or wire wool. Once the light is just right you’ll put it all into practice and take the final step shooting the flaming fire poi portrait.

Course requirements:

Technical equipment

  • Nikon DSLR/Mirrorless cameras (other camera systems welcome)

  • Wide-angle zoom (24-70mm ideally)

  • Tripod

  • Remote shutter release (optional)

Other essentials

  • Camera backpack

  • Wellington boots

  • Suitable warm clothing - waterproof jacket, fleece, hat etc


  • Understanding of shutter speed, aperture and ISO

Fitness level

    A moderate level of fitness is required to walk down steps and across the sandy beach. You may also need to kneel or lay down to compose your image.

Have any questions about the course? Get in touch with JasonPB here

Click the button below to book your place on this course. Spaces are limited and are expected to fill quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment.

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