March 15, 2017

Watch: How to Create Smoke Effects with a Vape and a Baby Nose Sucker

Here's a simple and clever way to create smoke without a smoke machine.

If you need to create some smoke on a small scale, like for a product shot or close up, you may not have to rent a bulky smoke/fog/haze machine to do it. Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has come up with a nifty DIY solution that utilizes some inexpensive—albiet somewhat strange—materials, including a baby nose sucker and a vape pen. Check out his tutorial below:

In case you're wondering, no, you won't have to smoke the vape pen or anything; that's what the baby nose sucker is for. Furthermore, if you're concerned about being exposed to nicotine, you can actually get e-juice that has zero nicotine in it. Still, if you're not at least 18 (21 in some states, like Oregon), this isn't for you.

While those nose suckers (bulb syringes) are super cheap (like $1), vapes are going to be a little more pricey, depending on what kind you get and where you get it. If you go with an e-cig, you're looking at about $10-$50, but if you go with a mod, which have built-in batteries and atomizer tanks (in other words, less parts to purchase separately), it'll be about $30-$100.

Here are the materials Pike used for the tutorial:

  • Battery (He suggests a 15w battery or higher.)
  • Tank
  • Liquid/e-juice (Make sure to get one without nicotine.)
  • Baby nose sucker

It's not a perfect solution for creating smoke and you won't be able to fill a room this way, but it will definitely do the trick if you want to add a little atmosphere to a smaller shot.      

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Why pay so much for a DIY solution?
I can get a proper device ready to use for less.

https://www.amazon.com/1byone-Halloween-Machine-Control-400-Watt/dp/B00F...

March 16, 2017 at 12:29PM

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JeffreyWalther
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We used the same thing while taking photos at rogue one premiere screening =)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/PurpleStonehenge/photos/?tab=albums

there is always someone who smokes and now vapes on sets

March 16, 2017 at 8:40PM

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On my set, I do not allow smoking/vaping for obvious technical reasons.

March 17, 2017 at 12:20PM, Edited March 17, 12:20PM

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JeffreyWalther
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Cool trick. Thank you.

March 21, 2017 at 5:02AM

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Sameir Ali
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