a stream in a forest
Photo by Роман Микрюков on

Atmospheric photos is one of the most well loved type of photos you can do. As you want to get involved in this type of photos (fog photos), there are several tips you should remember as you take these photos:


Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of 123photogo

As you look at this photo above, I have this one issue that I didn’t really see until the photo was on memory. But, for me, I kinda liked it. Bottom right corner, you can see a strange round circle that my confuse some people. I debated whether I should post process this photo and have it all touched up and removed, but, I kinda liked it. It shows that me, the photographer, was willing to stand out in the rain to get this photo. What do you think?

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of 123photogo

2- Look for clouds you can see approaching your spot:

With this photo above, I was in the Grand Tetons, which is one of the most scenic places in the world, but, I happened to be there as it was raining and snowing. I am not in any fog in this photo, but, the clouds were moving down the mountains as I was taking photos. This makes a mountain scene look even more interesting. Watch for these type of photo opportunities.

3- Take a walk in the park:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – Editor – 123photogo

Not too many people think of going for a walk in the fog, but, with today’s cameras, you can get some amazing photos if you go for a walk in the fog, and at night time. Keep in mind that as you take a walk in the fog, you will be cold but dress appropriately. And this was done on an automatic mode, so the light meter did not freak out over this whole scene.

Word of caution about taking pictures in the cold:

  • The temperature at night time, in the winter fog, is really cold. Your camera is not going to like this too much as you try to take pictures for a period of time. Maybe bring an extra set of batteries, or charge another battery in case the battery quits working in the cold.
  • For is very wet. If you can check your camera often and make sure you don’t get it wet. Water damage is not good. If you have water damage on your camera, you will probably need to plan on replacing the camera, rather than have it repaired.
  • Keep track of the time, so that you don’t have issues with your extremities. Your fingers and toes are the first to go.


We live in a great world, where we can do what we want in “Post processing”. So many photographers use this and create their masterpiece photos with “Lightroom”.

Natural fog, with only lightening the photo so the snow is white.


Taking photos in the fog, to me, is one of the most satisfying projects you can do. Especially because not too many photographers do this. Go out and get cold, and have some fun.

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