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How to use fog to get great pictures

Some people associate fog with inclement weather. Not me – I say “cool” and grab my camera to create some extremely exciting images. Foggy conditions elicit moody and ethereal feelings. The light is diffused and even, but very flat. Knowing how to take advantage of this is what can make an image successful.

As compositional elements recede from the camera position, so do the intensity of their shape, color, and contrast. By placing a dominant subject in the foreground, it becomes the primary element. All other parts become secondary as they melt into the background in a wash of mist. The mood this evokes is one of solemnness and peacefulness. When created properly, photographs made in the fog tend to be visually soothing.