aerial photography of cloudy mountain


tall trees with shade of light
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Fog photography is one of those amazing things that every viewer loves. It is just such an unnatural phenomenon that it ranks high of desirable photos you could take. But it does take great care and certain rules to get the best photos of fog.

First, here is a few of my favorite FOG photos:

Hello, this is Lanny Cottrell, editor of 123PhotoGo. Today’s subject is how to take great fog photos. I love to take fog photos, and here are a few of my own:

Photographing fog isn’t as easy as it seems:

Capturing stunning fog photography isn’t always easy. Fog can be unpredictable, it can cause focusing and sharpness issues, and it generally appears during camera-shake-promoting low-light conditions. To create the best fog photos – the kind that you’ll often find hanging on gallery walls – you need a well-planned approach. You should set out during the right conditions, use the optimal gear, choose the perfect settings, and more.

1- Find out what kind of fog you will have before you go:

The simplest way to anticipate fog is to check the weather. Fog happens almost exclusively in the morning, so before you head to bed each night, take a quick look at your favorite weather app. Scroll through the hourly predictions for the next morning, and if you see the “fog” icon, choose a good location, set your alarm clock, and make sure you set off in the dark. If you get to your location and it is worse than you thought, maybe you can find another location in which to shoot fog photos.

What is “worse” in fog? It is when it is so foggy you can hardly see any images in the fog. There has to be the right “thickness” of fog to get a good photo. Practice in different areas of the fog to see what you can get.

2- Bring a tripod when you go.

photo of two white ducks on water during fog
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Remember you are taking scenery photography when you shoot in the fog. A slow shutter speed of 1/60 of a second or slower may be in order for most of your photos. So make sure you have some stability in the camera.

3- Use manual focus and a small aperture

Why would you use manual focus? Because your image in the fog is hard for an autofocus camera to focus on. Also, try using F11, F16 for your aperture settings to get the depth of field to work for you. Doing so, may cause your camera to use a slower shutter speed, thus, refer back to step #2.

4- Get above the fog if possible.

Getting above the fog and getting some photos is way impressive. Take a look at these photos and see how nice it looks to be above the photos:

mountain with green leaved trees surrounded by fog during daytime
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aerial photography of cloudy mountain
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Fog photography is very rewarding. For some reason photographers don’t try to capture for photography very much and this is one subject that everyone loves to see. Practice taking photos with different shutter speeds too, if you notice the fog is moving. You will have some amazing photos.

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