It's the end of January, and you find yourself staring out at the fog, wondering when this will all go away! When will we see sunshine again?? We start to get antsy, wondering when we can shoot those amazing, clear, crisp, unobstructed views and feel that vitamin D working its magic. Well, I have to say, ladies and gentlemen- don't let this hold you back from getting that camera out. I discovered that shooting on a foggy or cloudy day has its unique benefits. So grab that caffeinated beverage, keep those spirits high and read on.
1. Make the fog work in your favor...
Get out your wide-angle lens people! I found after some research that wide-angle lenses are actually developed for photographing clouds and fog. Who would've known? These lenses are spectacular for capturing those monster cumulus clouds and moody fog. For a photoshoot, this can create a dramatic scenic backdrop.
2. Take advantage of nature's natural filter...
Overcast days I agree, not exactly great, or even good for cityscape photography.
It's dull. flat, and dreary. But for portraits and landscape photography - it's magic.
The sun's light is naturally diffused through the fog and overcast, making for nice even lighting. With bright sunlight among strong clouds, you'll encounter strong light and shadows. Shooting on an overcast day gives a soft, even glow to your photos.
Shoot away, as long as the sky isn't your main focal point. Think, moody jagged mountains, or landscapes with lots of character, or awesome beautifully lit closeups.
3. Add "mood" to your photos...
During a photoshoot or shooting a landscape, what mood are you feeling? Is it mysterious, romantic? Are you going for a dramatic "moody" look or a light "silver lining" feel? Using clouds, fog and sun rays that dramatically peek through the clouds give such beautiful, jaw-dropping backgrounds. Use these moments to your advantage, even if you have to hang around a while for that moody lit moment.
4. Set it up and shoot...
If you're a photographer, here are a few settings I researched that I'm hoping to help you with your next foggy endeavor.
As you probably know, the settings will be different than what you use on a clear sunny day. Keep in mind that you'll have to check your setting every time your environment and light changes. I wasn't kidding when I said fog and overcast can be temperamental.
What has helped me is to remember that clouds and fog subtract about 2-3 stops of light from my scene. Also, build in some time to make these adjustments on the fly.
Be patient, and take your time. Find your ISO settings and set them to one-stop before 100. Keep your other settings the same, but your ISO will toggle between 100 and 400 or more. Also, make sure it says "A" where the ISO numbers show and that you're in manual mode.
5. Long exposure...
Want that smooth, flowing look to your clouds, fog or water? Then look no further than your shutter speed settings. I'm looking to experiment with this more myself, by the way, but a long shutter speed will give you that look of graceful mist and waves like no other. Is ads a relaxing, calm, dream-like look to your photos, and who doesn't like that? Set your shutter to 5 seconds, use a tripod and enjoy the view!
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