Photography In Fog or Poor Visibility Hints and Tips

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There are times when the weather is not to kind and you have to deal with poor visibility, what do you do? Well as someone once said dont panic!

Hopefully this short entry will give you some ideas of how to cope with low cloud, mist, smoke or a foggy day. And it works regardless of camera type or experience level.

Fog can give you some interesting opportunities

There is no doubt that fog can a problem its translucent and masks fine detail giving photographs a cold feel, but there are some ways to get some creative and strangely beautiful photographic results.

The following are results taken on a recent foggy day in a hilltop town.

There Are Some Interesting Lighting Effects

The thing that fog will not do is improve is wide angle photography, but it can challenge your imagination.
There are also some advantages, one benefit is it provides an interesting filter for the sun. the first shot (image Fog 1a). This shows how the detail and texture of the back lit clouds and fog form of horizontal strata. The halo effect is also useful in providing excellent soft back lighting as in other shots as seen in (images 1 and 2).

Now Try Facing Away From The Sun

Dont just concentrate on the sun, there are some other interesting lighting effects to try. If you get closer to your subjects and turn your back to the sun you will also get some surprising results.

In (images 3 and 4) the haze has softened the background and enhances depth of field by gradually muting the colors as they recede into the background. This although very subtle creates layers and gives a wonderful feeling of depth, and an ethereal look to background.

As you get closer (image 5) the depth effect is reduced but it will mute the colors as they recede into the background. In (image 6) the effect in this shot is more apparent due to the railings and hedge in the foreground.


The main thing to remember is that fog, mist or low cloud and even a dust storm can provide some excellent opportunities for creative photography. However in conditions of extreme wet weather, or if windblown dust is involved you are strongly advised to protect your camera. *

And the best part is that all this is available to you without any extra accessories such as expensive filters* flash. Perhaps the best thing is it gives you another new aspect to explore. You will not use this everyday but you likely to be surprised how many opportunities you will have to use the advice in this entry.

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