04 Shoot in dreary weather
Spending days in search of magical storm light, or getting up early to catch the ‘golden hour’ at dawn aren’t often options for those of us forced to fit photography in around the rest of our lives.
To add an edge to your pictures, head out when the fog and mist are forecast – but don’t forget your tripod!
“The biggest problem for fog photography is the light – there’s just not enough of it,” says Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt, whose atmospheric shots of foggy nights have become an internet sensation.
“Often, you’re forced to use long shutter speeds to achieve really interesting results. If you’re shooting something moving, you might need to push the ISO higher in order to get sharp results.”
Images taken in foggy conditions can often look flat straight out of the camera, and some Photoshop work is usually required to pep them up. You don’t have to go too far though.
“My post-production work is quite simple,” says Mikko. “I usually add some contrast and tend to adjust the temperature so it’s colder than it was straight out of the camera.”
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* Mount your camera on a tripod so that you can select low ISOs and avoid image noise.
* Use your camera’s self-timer to fire the shutter and put yourself in the picture.
* Try breathing on the lens before your shoot to accentuate the fog.
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