girl sitting on a field foggy evening

How To Shoot Fog

Being a true lover of heat and summer, I don’t find fall nor winter very appealing. Fog is one of the reasons I can still find some joy during those chilly seasons; it creates mystery and evokes the unknown, and these are qualities that makes it so attractive to many photographers.

These are a few tips for shooting in foggy weather:

BE THERE EARLY
Foggy mornings are not for sleepyheads. Although they can stretch until the early afternoon, more often they diffuse rather quickly. It’s convenient being on location early and wait for the perfect moment to press the shutter.

OR WAIT FOR THE EVENING
In some areas fog can appear before sunset as well, and having a sky filled with oranges and reds of a setting sun can help set up a beautiful atmosphere. In winter time the light disappears in a matter of minutes, so acting as fast as possible is crucial. I like to check my Weather app to find out when is the exact time of the sunset so I can plan ahead.

girl sitting on a field foggy evening
I created this shot on a freezing evening in January. The sun faded so quickly that I consider myself to be fortunate enough to get this image! In the area where I live there are two types of fog: one is the maritime fog which doesn’t stick to the ground but rather overshadows the sky causing a layer of gray ‘clouds’, and the other is the fog coming from inland. That is the one I love because it’s dense and looks good in the images.

TAKE A BLANKET
No matter if your focus is landscape photography or you’re out there in the cold shooting a model, it’s always a good idea to have a warm blanket with you. According to the site Weatherquestions.com, fog is made up of condensed water droplets which are the result of the air being cooled to the point (actually, the dewpoint) where it can no longer hold all of the water vapor it contains.
So not only is it cold, it’s also wet. And what can do a better job to warm you up than a cozy blanket and a cup of hot tea?

mountains and blue sky in Istria

GETTING THINGS IN FOCUS
It’s a bit harder to get things in focus in the fog because, although something is technically in focus, it may end up looking blurry because of the aforementioned water droplets. Plus, working with auto focus will mislead you, so be sure to switch your settings to manual focus. Instead of shooting hand-held, I like to set my camera on a tripod and carefully focus as best as I can what I want to be sharp in the image, instead of losing patience and time doing it without a tripod.

photographer self portrait with cameraAbout the author
Hi! I’m Isabella and I’m a photographer, blogger and applied arts graduate. I love spending my time creatively, or watching movies, drinking tea, playing with my cats and hanging out with friends.
Find me here isabellabubola.com or on Facebook and say hello!

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