Fog Photography Examples

Sometimes, A thick fog can add so much to a shot that when people look at the image, they know exactly what the experience was like when the photo was taken.

Fog Photography Examples and Tips

Tips 1 - Exposure
The challenge when shooting in fog is the exposure. All light meters, whether they are handheld or built into your camera, are designed to provide accurate exposures for middle-toned, or medium gray subjects. For example, when you take a picture of horses in a green pasture with a blue sky background, the meter performs flawlessly. It recognizes this middle-toned scene and gives you completely reliable exposure data every time.

Another important consideration when shooting in fog is whether or not you should use manual or automatic focus. Autofocus uses contrast in your scene to snap the lens into critical focus, but if there isn’t enough contrast it can’t function. Contrast can be in the form of varying colors and/or differences in light and dark. Fog reduces contrast, and if it gets too thick the autofocus feature becomes pretty much useless. It will be more frustrating than it’s worth, and under those circumstances I suggest you focus the lens the old-fashioned way—manually.

Getting above the fog on a ridge or mountaintop allows for a clear view of the area with the fog nestled either in a series of mountain ridges or along a river. Even if the river can’t be seen, the fog that fills the area draws the viewer’s eye–maybe even more than the river itself would.

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